Custom Products is pleased to welcome Robert Rowland after having worked with him for 15 years in our capacity as a provider of quant research.
Robert has over 24 years of investment industry experience, including 4 years as an analyst on the sell side and 18 years at Fidelity Investments Japan.
During his time at Fidelity, Robert was an active portfolio manager for 12 years and Japan representative to the Global Asset Allocation Committee for 5 years. He has covered over 40% of the Japan market as an analyst; autos, technology, precision machinery, services, transportation and trading companies. He also has extensive experience in Asia covering autos, technology, banking and conglomerates.
A graduate of Waseda University (MA Business) and McGill University (BA Economics), Robert intends to continue with his iconoclastic quant driven approach in assessing stocks, market opportunities and refining smart beta portfolios among other things. Robert has lived in Japan for 28 years.
Custom Products is pleased to welcome Michael Newman after having worked with him for 5 years on the sell side.
Mike has 20 years of financial sector experience ranging from Japanese, Australian, European and Asian equities, Australian Futures and Australian Government Bonds.
Mike has served as Head of Sales, Head of Research, Small-Mid Cap senior analyst and Branch Manager at Macquarie Securities Japan, Head of Sales at HSBC Securities Japan, Director of Industrials, Automotive, Aerospace and Defence Research at ABN AMRO UK and Head of Sales ABN AMRO Japan. Mike has also worked at Nikko Securities and Yamaichi Australia.
Mike has a Masters degree from MGSM and a B. Economics and B. Arts (Japanese Studies) from the Australian National University and spent a year in the Economics Faculty of Hitotsubashi University. Mike is a contrarian by nature and has a strong dislike for commoditization. Mike has lived in Japan for 16 years and is a permanent resident.
Custom Product has opened its first remote office in Tokyo, Japan, allowing for better servicing of local clients.
Custom Products opens its doors for the first time as an independent research and services provider to the financial industry.