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About James Smith
James Smith was born in the Scottish town of Paisley in 1957. He graduated in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and holds an MBA from the University of London. James is also an Associate of the CFA society of the UK and Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. From 1985 to 1987, he worked at Schroders as an investment analyst and fund manager, before moving to Murray Johnstone, where he became vice president. Prior to joining Ignis, where he now heads up their global funds, James co-founded Blairlogie Capital and held the position of CIO for nine years. At Ignis, he exercises a contrarian value investment style, looking at a broad range of valuation statistics to reach a composite value score. His portfolio management approach applies a top-down methodology, as well as use of derivatives in emerging markets. James’ strategy performs best in periods of value, mean reversion and underperformance in the United States. Away from fund management duties, he enjoys rugby, football and cinema.
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