JCB appoints ex Hong Kong Monetary Authority portfolio manager as its Deputy CIO

Kate Samranvedhya

Kate Samranvedhya

Jamieson Coote Bonds (JCB), specialist high grade bond manager, has hired ex Hong Kong Monetary Authority portfolio manager, Duangjai (Kate) Samranvedhya as its new Deputy Chief Investment Officer.

Kate will provide input into the management of the domestic high grade bond strategy as well as manage JCB’s global strategy.

JCB Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Charlie Jamieson said: “We are delighted to have Kate on board at a time where investors are demanding highly skilled managers who can generate defensive returns, both in domestic and global markets. Kate’s significant experience and skill in managing high grade bonds will only add greater depth to our team and process. We have reached a size now where we can expand our presence, and with Kate on board, have opened an office in Singapore where we intend to build on our local team in Asia.”

Since 2000, Kate has been a career portfolio manager and investment specialist with two large Central Banks in Asia. She specialises in foreign reserve and high grade bond portfolio management across all major global regions.

Commenting on the appointment, Deputy Chief Investment Officer Kate Samranvedhya said “I’m tremendously excited to join JCB. I’ve known Charlie Jamieson and Angus Coote (the founders) for a long time and I share their vision of offering high-quality, highly liquid duration investment strategies to the Australian market. My expertise in managing very large sovereign portfolios across global markets will compliment and add value to the JCB team. We aim to be best in class when people look for a rates and duration fund manager.”

Kate began her career at the Bank of Thailand, the central bank, in investment risk management, and pioneered a balance sheet risk management approach linked to how a central bank conducts its monetary policy and the impact to its balance sheet. From 2007, Kate transitioned into portfolio management, focusing on high grade bonds and managed fixed income portfolios through the GFC. In 2010, she moved to Hong Kong to join the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as a portfolio manager, specialising in rates and cross-country bond allocation.

JCB intends to build on its local team in Asia and its global investment capabilities. JCB currently manages A$1.3 billion of assets for both institutional and retail investors.

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