Ed has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick. If he’s not cheering on his beloved Leicester City and Leicester Riders, Ed can be found in front of a cinema screen, watching and reviewing the newest releases.
Which famous person would you most like to swap places with for the day?
The Prime Minister. It’s a cliché for a reason. The mechanics of our political system have fascinated me for some time, and I think it would be intriguing to be able to see that first-hand. I know I couldn’t hack it for more than a day, so maybe a day is the perfect length of time!
What book should everybody read in their lifetime?
An Inspector Calls. Though technically a play, JB Priestly’s An Inspector Calls is certainly a must-read/see. It’s an incredibly skilfully constructed story that sadly is still relevant today, with a dominating theme of social responsibility. I must give an honourable mention to another very cleverly crafted tale: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
Active or passive?
Active. My appetite for risk leads me to never be content with the market return and I will always seek outperformance. My faith in people, however misguided it sometimes may appear to be, makes me a strong advocate of active management and I think the right active manager can certainly justify a higher performance fee.
Who is your favourite fund manager?
Alexander Darwall. I am a firm believer that numbers don’t lie and Darwall’s incredible track record heading up the Jupiter European fund for over 17 years stands testament to both his strict investment philosophy and his personal bottom-up stock picking ability. His retirement from the fund was a sad day for European equity.
What sector do you find the most interesting?
Smaller companies. Whether it’s the additional risk that smaller companies bring or rooting for the underdog, I think backing a growing company makes you feel like you’re not just one of millions trying to enjoy the success of Facebook or Amazon, and that your investment will make a relatively larger impact in determining the success or failure of a business.