In the first of a new series, Citywire Selector takes a quick-fire approach to questioning the industry's leading lights. Sixty seconds. Seven questions. That's it!
Kicking off with Invesco’s Pierre Bellot, we hear the phrase fund managers should avoid, his proudest moment and what he would be doing if he wasn’t a fund selector.
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
The perspective of learning something new.
What is your proudest moment as a fund selector?
When a strategy actually delivers as expected.
What’s the worst thing a fund manager can say or do in an interview?
'We didn’t expect this to happen.'
If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
Make lie detectors compulsory during interviews… I’m joking.
If you weren’t a selector, what would you be?
A chartered accountant. Number crunching is definitely the most entertaining activity in the world.
What advice would you give to anyone just starting in selection?
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Describe what makes a top selector in five words.
Pugnacity. Scepticism. Pragmatism. Reactivity. Process.