The classical mathematics geek as portrayed in pop culture often dons geek glasses, speaks mathematical jargon. When not engaging with like-minded fellow geeks in intellectual discourse, they are busy going through mathematical journals or strictly anti-social. Gareth Henry, however, disabuses these stereotypes. In fact, he has the rare distinction of being a reputed good listener, responsible for getting new clients, explaining to them how fund management works.
Having graduated from University of Edinburgh in Scotland with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Actuarial science, Gareth Henry took a dive into the deep end of finance. While there are lots of parallels to be drawn from Mathematics and finance (after all they all are numbers game), the move to finance was a risk economics Nothing could be better for a person entrusted to risk investors’ money for rewards than practicing first hand through his career moves. See more of Gareth Henry on facebook
A typical investor often wants high returns on their investment. However, lack of know-how on how to go about it, or safe bets often drive such investors to fund managers. Here is where Gareth Henry comes in. According to Gareth Henry, he biggest hurdle is often to win the trust of the prospective client. The financial crisis that hit the US in 2008 is one such reminder of the uncertainty of investments. Against this backdrop, hedge fund managers are often faced with the challenge of reassuring the client that their investments are indeed safe.
There is no doubt that to entrust your funds to anyone, they have to exhibit a level of expertise in the field. The world of hedge funds and private equity is often shark infested with cut-throat competition. Angelo Gordon is reputed to manage $26 Billion is private equity, real estate, amongst other investments. For a company to pick an Actuarial scientist to head their global investor relations speaks volumes about the individual’s talents granted the Mathematics background and other industry supremos.
Perhaps mathematics geeks aren’t anti-social, speak jargon, nor wear geek glasses. It is in their talents to merge the various disciplines like Gareth that mostly makes the difference.