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Wealth Manager: Crossbridge Capital’s CIO is targeting emerging wealth from the UK to Singapore
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by James Phillipps on Jul 26, 2012 at 00:01
Crossbridge Capital’s head of investment Manish Singh has a passion for economics that dates back to his childhood and led to him spending stints advising both the then shadow chancellor George Osborne and the Treasury at different junctures.
A member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Singh’s first degree was actually in chemical engineering before he moved to the UK from his native India and went on to complete a master’s in finance and management.
‘I studied engineering but it was really macro-economics that I loved,’ he says.
‘When I was young I used to read all of the newspapers and it got to the point that my mother would take them away and stack them up because she was worried that I wasn’t doing my homework.
‘I’ve always had a fascination with numbers and how the world and markets work. The history is very important because people think things are new but they have actually happened before and it is essential to have an understanding of this when you are looking at the pros and cons of printing more money, for example.’
Singh started out an intern at UBS working on its European securitisation desk before moving over to Hong Kong for a spell in its interest rate derivate structuring team. He joined Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking in 2005 as a quantitative equity research analyst in its global equities and derivative solutions division, moving on to head the structured product team at Société Générale Private Banking Hambros.
At the private bank he was later made an investment director in a role that saw him chair the asset allocation committee of its $200 million VolCap fund.
Singh joined Crossbridge Capital in January 2011 as a director and head of investment, a position that enables him to fully use his experience across multiple asset classes.
Chief executive and former Wealth Manager coverstar Tarek Khlat explains: ‘Manish provides a centralised investment voice for Crossbridge. It means we have someone who has always got their eyes on the market who can ensure our managers know everything they need to.’
In its short life, the firm has already seen a wild variety of market conditions.