Anticipating challenging conditions behind decision to add new people

August 4, 2015: Investec Wealth & Investment (‘IW&I’) has announced the appointment of four new members to its research team. Dominic Barnes joins as a fixed income portfolio manager, Esther Gilbert as a fixed income analyst, while Marcus Blyth and Adrian Todd both join as fund selection specialists.

The decision to further strengthen IW&I’s research team stems from its conviction that increased market volatility over the medium term will create more challenging conditions in which to generate meaningful risk-adjusted investment returns for its clients. IW&I’s research team has, therefore, broadened its coverage to include an expanded range of sophisticated collective and fixed income instruments. The additional complexity of these products requires greater breadth and depth of resource in order to ensure they are thoroughly analysed for their suitability.

Prior to joining IW&I, Barnes was a Director at Credit Suisse Private Bank & Wealth Management and, before this role, a Fixed Income Specialist at Merrill Lynch International. He has also worked in the fixed interest departments of MeesPierson Securities and at the Bank of Butterfield.

Gilbert joins IW&I from AXA Investment Managers, where she was a Portfolio Manager and Fixed Income Investment Analyst covering a range of securities such as global bonds, High Yield, emerging market debt and convertibles. Prior to joining AXA, Esther worked as a Fixed Income Fund Manager at SC Davies & Co, the private wealth management firm.

Blyth joins from Kleinwort Benson, where he covered collective investment schemes across all sectors. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst at Architas covering Asia, UK small cap equities and emerging market debt.

Todd joins from private bank Coutts, where he analysed third-party funds across discretionary investment portfolios globally.  Todd was formerly at Moneycorp, one of the UK’s leading commercial foreign exchange specialists.

John Haynes, Head of Research at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dominic, Esther, Marcus and Adrian to the research team. They bring significant expertise in the fixed income and collectives sectors and will enhance the capabilities and performance of an already well-resourced team. Best-in-class research is an integral part of the service we offer our clients and gives Investec Wealth & Investment a significant advantage in the UK wealth management industry.”

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