In this week's video interview for PA's Investment Influencers series, profiling the most respected individuals who select funds, decide ratings or otherwise influence the allocation of investor fund flows, we chat to Etienne de Merlis of Signia.
In his role as chief investment officer, de Merlis drives the formulation and development of the firm's investment policy and is also a member of its executive and asset allocation committees. He became one of Signia's new management team in January 2015, when he rejoined the firm after four years at Squared Investments.
De Merlis, who has a BA from Paris Dauphine University, boasts more than 23 years financial markets and investment experience, including eight as a derivatives structurer in Paris and London and 14 years managing multi-asset portfolios for ultra-high net worth clients at JP Morgan, where he oversaw a team of 12 people managing more than $20bn (£16bn). To keep his head clear and thoughts focused, he is a keen daily runner.
The Investment Influencers series, which has most recently featured Marcus Brookes of Schroders, Nigel Waller of Oldfield Partners and Shauna Bevan of RiverPeak, offers insights into how key players in the asset management sector see the world of investing and expect to deal with such challenges as greater market volatility, increased regulation and a growing trend towards short-termism.
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