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ANNOUNCER: That is Masters in Enterprise with Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg Radio.

BARRY RITHOLTZ, HOST, MASTERS IN BUSINESS: This week on the podcast, one other additional particular visitor, Robin Grew, President of Man Group, $145 billion publicly traded hedge fund within the UK, and shortly to be Man Group’s CEO. This can be a fascinating dialog about enterprise development and management and administration and easy methods to run a staff. How you can recruit and retain the perfect individuals and easy methods to use expertise as a instrument to present you an edge, not simply in investing however within the skill to supply purchasers numerous options bettering your effectivity, effectiveness and productiveness as an organization.

I — I discovered this to only be an enchanting masterclass in working a large monetary group. And I feel additionally, you will. So with no additional ado, my dialog with Man Group’s incoming CEO, Robyn Grew.

ROBYN GREW, PRESIDENT, MAN GROUP: Thanks for having me, Barry.

RITHOLTZ: I — I’ve been wanting ahead to this for some time. And after we first booked you, you have been like a junior analyst. Then all of a sudden within the ensuing weeks, you get tagged to be CEO. That needs to be slightly little bit of a surreal expertise.

GREW: It’s nothing in need of surreal. That is clearly new information for this explicit podcast, and it’s — you hear the phrases that folks say, you realize, it’s an honor and it’s a privilege. And it sounds slightly trite. I imply you end up in certainly one of these uncommon positions the place anyone is asking you to tackle the CEO. And I’ve to inform you, I imply it very authentically, it’s an honor and it’s a privilege. And it’s barely surreal.

RITHOLTZ: And — and to — for slightly context, perhaps for a few of the viewers in America who will not be that acquainted with Man Group, this isn’t like a startup. This traces its roots again to 18th century sugar buying and selling, proper? How outdated is Man Group?

GREW: Nicely, it’s 240 years outdated. Put it that approach, 1783. And also you’re proper, it traces its approach again to sugar buying and selling and at one level being the monopolistic provider of rum to the Royal Navy, which — and in these days, that was necessary as a result of all people had a ration within the Royal Navy, and all people needed to make use of it.

And it’s the journey isn’t’ it? It’s the journey of organizations to proceed to be related. So, 240 years in the past, there’s a dialog I’ve with individuals which is, if we didn’t maintain altering, we’d nonetheless be making barrels on the facet of the River Thames and buying and selling sugar and hoping that the Royal Navy nonetheless wanted a whole lot of rum. In order that’s not the place we’re immediately. However the roots are deep. And now we, you realize, we’re simply shy of $145 billion of property on the administration throughout your complete credit score curve.

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RITHOLTZ: So, we’re going to spend slightly extra time delving deep into Man Group’s observe. Let’s begin together with your background.

GREW: Positive.

RITHOLTZ: Which doesn’t fairly return 274 —

GREW: Thank — thanks very a lot for that.

RITHOLTZ: You went to regulation college. Had been the plans to turn into a solicitor or a barrister? That’s not the thought course of of somebody who desires to enter finance.

GREW: You — you’re spot on. I truly certified as a barrister, which is the enjoyable phrases of I went to the bar. Individuals use that on a regular basis to explain me. And also you’re proper, I had thought I used to be going to be an advocate, fairly frankly, a barrister, you realize the one with the wigs and robes, that you simply see on TV.

My — my roots have been very extra fairly humble. My dad was a public GP, you realize, within the Nationwide Well being Service in England and my mother was a public college trainer. And fairly frankly, I didn’t know what monetary providers was.

It was this — this factor that existed elsewhere. And so, after I went to regulation college and went to the bar, I had each — each thought that I used to be simply going to be a barrister and be one other vocational skilled in my household.

RITHOLTZ: When did it enter your thoughts that, hey, this finance stuff seems sort of attention-grabbing?

GREW: It entered my thoughts when very early on I discovered myself ready the place I used to be transient that had come to me. And it was yet one more kind of sketchy felony protection piece, the place I needed to go and interview a consumer who had been arrested as a result of he had been out on bail and escaped bail.

And I went to a really outdated magistrates’ courtroom in London, at Bow Road. It’s very near Covent Backyard and really outdated cells. And the doorways of those cells have been constructed for males. And also you — you, Barry, you take pleasure in seeing how quick I’m or tall I’m.

RITHOLTZ: You’re 5 foot nothing, proper?

GREW: I’m 5 foot nothing. And so I couldn’t see via the little window. I simply couldn’t attain it. Proper, I simply wasn’t in a position. So, the guards needed to truly stand, kind of open the door and stand on both facet of me. And so they have been anxious about me as a result of my consumer was so out of his head on no matter it was he had taken, that they have been truly anxious for my security.

And I went residence that night time, and I went, have you learnt what, I won’t wish to do that endlessly. This won’t be — this won’t be a good suggestion. And I believed, I do know what I’ll do, I’ll go into commerce. That’s what I believed. I’ll go into commerce. I’ll go into enterprise. After which I’ll return, and I can be a industrial barrister the place they don’t need to get this into cells and see whether or not —


GREW: — I’d be anxious in regards to the security that need to do with individuals like me now. In order that’s — that’s what the plan was. And so, it was a plan to get into this area, get expertise from being an insider, in enterprise and return. And I acquired hooked. I simply by no means went again.

RITHOLTZ: What — what was the primary job in — in commerce, so to talk?

GREW: In commerce? So, there was an commercial within the newspaper. That’s a factor. That’s how outdated I’m. There was an commercial within the newspaper for Constancy. And I believed, effectively, that sounds attention-grabbing.

They needed — they needed to have new sort of graduates, postgraduates kind individuals to come back and do a spherical robin. And that’s additionally an expression that will get used with me quite a bit. And so I utilized and I despatched in a letter and I mentioned sure, it sounds terribly attention-grabbing. Are you able to give me a shot at this?

And I acquired invited to this interview factor. And it was a factor. So I turned up, and there are 150 individuals in a room.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. Cattle name.

GREW: It was a cattle name. And I – completely new to me and I had no concept that that is what occurred. So I simply chatted to all people I met. I simply chatted —

RITHOLTZ: On-line when you’re ready to go for the interview.

GREW: Yeah, you simply — you don’t know if you’re being interviewed or if you’re not being interviewed fairly frankly.


GREW: I used to be one of many come and meet these individuals. And it was, I had a good time. I’m a chatty sort of particular person. And off I went around the room, chatted for a few hours after which left and, you realize, drove residence. And I used to be rung the subsequent day, they usually mentioned we actually — actually — would you want to come back and be a part of us and I mentioned, effectively, sure, for certain. Let’s do this then.

And I bounced round. Sure, I did some authorized stuff and rank stuff however I, you realize, I went in on the weekends after we did the inventory certificates rely.


GREW: And counted share certificates, that it was that way back. And I did early tech sort of items. I manned consumer name telephones. I did every part. And it was a little bit of a blast. It was this type of factor of being within the heart of Constancy’s brokerage arm at that time. Not its asset administration, its brokerage piece. After which —

RITHOLTZ: This — that is late ‘80s or early ‘90s?

GREW: Yeah, and — after which I used to be, essentially (inaudible) — and I used to be known as into — I used to be known as in ’91 so – in that ‘90s interval. After which I used to be known as by a headhunter, by a recruiter, who mentioned, hear, there’s this — spent a pair years at Constancy by this time — there’s a job at this factor known as LIFFE or LIFFE.


GREW: Um, they usually actually need anyone who understands a felony regulation. And so they want it as a result of once they conduct interviews, it’s undertaken underneath this police and felony proof act (ph) factor. We — in different phrases it’s carried out in a approach that no matter is alleged in that interview could possibly be introduced as proof in a courtroom.

And I mentioned, effectively, I do know — I do know that little bit of it. I’ve carried out — I’ve carried out that bit. And so I turned as much as LIFFE.

RITHOLTZ: What was the commerce facet of LIFFE?

GREW: So, it’s an alternate. It’s an open outcry alternate. The truth is, at the moment, the most important open outcry alternate in Europe and we had — it was a time when LIFFE was largest within the bond contract (ph).

RITHOLTZ: So, I’ve to ask, why the priority about future felony proof? It appears kind of at odds.

GREW: I do know, proper. So, what occurs is, if you work in an open outcry (ph) setting, there are commerce practices —


GREW: — that get investigated. And people buying and selling practices are fairly — they’re enjoyable. They’re attention-grabbing they usually’re complicated as a result of it’s all about hand alerts.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. And all people’s phrase is their bond or their gestures, their bond.

GREW: Precisely proper. And so, you’re , at that time, very ahead considering videotaped proof.


GREW: You’ve acquired pit observers. And you are attempting to piece if there are malpractices or occurring, you have to piece that each one collectively. And so, at that time, you might be constructing a case. You might be working a market (ph) investigations staff, which is making certain correct conduct.

From a regulatory perspective, you’re the regulator. You might be managing the efficacy of these markets, and throughout futures and choices.

And so, I went to an interview. And so they mentioned how a lot have you learnt about futures and choices? And I mentioned, not quite a bit. The truth is, I mentioned, and there’s a chap who I’m nonetheless in contact with who repeats this at common intervals to my embarrassment, he says, you mentioned you realize a postage stamp and you realize actually massive writing. That’s how a lot I do know. However I’m an excellent fast learner.


GREW: And, for good or for dangerous and for my profit, they employed me.

RITHOLTZ: How lengthy did you stick with LIFFE? Or LIFFE as in —

GREW: LIFFE — a few years, simply over once more. After which I acquired one other name.


GREW: I do know, this appears to be a course of.


GREW: So, I acquired a name and this one was in the end from a recruiter who’s working for Lehman Brothers, an funding financial institution, a bond home.

RITHOLTZ: One other one which’s just a few hundred years outdated as effectively.

GREW: One other one which —

RITHOLTZ: At the very least was.

GREW: Was just a few hundred years outdated. Once more, arrange by, you now, brothers and all the remainder of it. So, and that was one other dialog the place they have been on the lookout for anyone, fairly frankly, who had some kind of futures, choices, star LIFFE (ph) expertise, as a result of they needed anyone to go and sit on a set revenue ground.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. And I wish to say the felony background turned out to not damage both.

GREW: No, they — thanks for that. We’ll speak about that later, Barry. So, the — so the sense of once more, one other alternative simply kind of thrown in my approach. And as I joined Lehman Brothers, it was the primary time that Russia had a — had slightly little bit of a disaster.

RITHOLTZ: ’98, one thing like that.

GREW: Appropriate. Appropriate, spot on. And I used to be thrown at a, okay, we now must know what have we acquired in Russia, what’s our publicity, what are our authorized contracts, how does this work? And I used to be certainly one of many, many individuals. However it — it talked about touchdown and the rubber hitting the street.


GREW: And at that time Lehman share value had its first kind of crumbs second. And that was fascinating to only be within the internal workings. Baptisms by hearth, I kind of take pleasure in — I shouldn’t most likely admit that.

RITHOLTZ: That’s the phrase that popped into my head as quickly as you described —

GREW: It’s — it’s kind of baptism of fireside. And it was one thing which was phenomenal to really be a part of however for the truth that you’re residing it. Does that make sense?

RITHOLTZ: Positive.

GREW: As an educational train, marvelous. If you’re in the course of it, you – you’re sort of so caught in it. And I ended up on engaged on the fastened revenue flooring till —

RITHOLTZ: You’re working in London not in New York on the time.

GREW: Appropriate, working in London. And once more, the primary time I’d labored within the South Facet. And that’s the place I kind of really feel I had my largest development and my rising up was in that Lehman Brothers section. Partially as a result of I once more benefited from being within the combine after we have been the second financial institution that was raided by the Japanese regulators after they’d gone into Credit score Suisse.

And the Japanese regulators have been having a troublesome time with cross collateralization and points about whether or not there have been steadiness sheet accounting points.

RITHOLTZ: Is that this the way you ended up residing in uh, Tokyo? Is that proper?

GREW: It’s — it’s.

RITHOLTZ: And the way lengthy have been you there for?

GREW: So, effectively, for the yr of the primary yr of the investigation, I flew backwards and forwards to London. That is turning into a theme with me, flying backwards and forwards to London.


GREW: After which after that one other two and a half years the place we truly lived in Japan. Fabulous.

RITHOLTZ: Tokyo, it’s speculated to be a tremendous metropolis.

GREW: It was extraordinary and sensible. And the belongings you study if you stay abroad, I’m unsure I can ever actually placed on worth on these experiences. Being liable for a area by which you might be very a lot alien in that area.


GREW: The place it’s important to study cultural cues in ways in which you’ve by no means needed to perceive it earlier than. The place you’re navigating totally different nations and totally different relationships between these nations, which — all so tough. Lehman had its headquarters for AsiaPac unusually in Tokyo.


GREW: Most of us had a sort of Hong Kong piece —


GREW: — or Singapore piece after which ex-Japan piece of it. That wasn’t how Lehman did it. So being liable for AsiaPac was — from a Tokyo base, was sensible.

RITHOLTZ: Huh, fairly fascinating.


RITHOLTZ: So, you have been very profitable at Lehman. You sort of labored your approach up the ranks there. What else did you give attention to exterior of placing out fires in Japan?

GREW: Nicely, after working and build up that, kind of, that staff, I employed my successor. By the way in which, fabulous factor to do, I counsel all people does that truly. I imply genuinely, we are able to speak about it later. However that skill to rent tremendously robust, high quality individuals round you, is I feel been an infinite alternative to offer you alternative to maneuver on and do extra.

So, I acquired a name. I acquired a name from the U.S. who mentioned, hey, how do you fancy coming to the U.S.? And that once more was to work at Lehman’s headquarters — fabulous alternative. So off we went from Japan to — to New York.

That was a cultural change.

RITHOLTZ: Yeah, to say the very least. Lehman was very a lot a hyper aggressive, macho tradition, Dick Fuld’s nickname was the “Gorilla.”

GREW: It was.

RITHOLTZ: What was it like working in that kind of, you realize, very a lot bro tradition?

GREW: And I’m — and I’m barely anxious I’m going to disappoint you with this reply. However it was fabulous. I had the perfect time. And I by no means encountered that sense of being overwhelmed by a — a masculine overtly bullying sort of tradition. The truth is, a few of the early work that I did on range and inclusion was at Lehman in New York.


GREW: And was sponsored by individuals like Joe Gregory, who was only a actual champion of that — of that content material. In order that, perhaps I’m — perhaps I’m thick skinned or one thing. However the reality of the matter is I cherished it. I loved it. And I feel Lehman was — I owe quite a bit to my experiences in that group.

RITHOLTZ: As a lot as Lehman spectacularly crashed and burned within the monetary disaster, all people I do know who labored there actually preferred it. It was a pure meritocracy.

GREW: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: They didn’t care if you happen to made cash, it didn’t matter.

GREW: That’s proper.

RITHOLTZ: And, yeah, it was slightly sharp elbowed. It was a troublesome place to work. However individuals who got here via that mentioned it was the perfect expertise professionally of their lives.

GREW: Completely proper. And you realize, they’d a phrase. which I nonetheless use. You already know if you get to that time in — in funding banking, you ended up with these unfastened websites, with, you realize, numerous issues that you simply’re speculated to, you realize, mouse (ph) match with one thing as effectively.

RITHOLTZ: Positive, all of the little banking issues, yeah.

GREW: All of the little banking issues from no matter. And so they had one phrase, and I — I nonetheless use it which is be sensible, be dumb. And it’s sort of a curious —

RITHOLTZ: Be sensible, be dumb.

GREW: Be sensible, be dumb. And what that retranslated into was, if you happen to don’t perceive one thing that is happening, if you happen to’re in a gathering and also you don’t get it, if you happen to’re exterior of the assembly and don’t get it, say one thing. Truly, ask the query. Since you’d be shocked how many individuals can reply the query by the way in which.


GREW: But in addition, it’s okay to not know every part. It’s the one approach you study. And I nonetheless use that.

I might need it — I don’t fairly have it on a Lucite anymore, however I completely consider that to be the case. For those who don’t get it ask the query. I’m not speculated to know every part within the room, that’s not the purpose.

However I wish to perceive what’s occurring.

RITHOLTZ: Huh. Actually, actually intriguing. So, let’s speak slightly bit in regards to the historical past for these listening who won’t be acquainted with uh, Man Group.

What’s its focus and specialties? Who’re its purchasers?

GREW: So, Man is a — as you mentioned hundred million – 145-billion-dollar hedge fund. It’s there to –to and mortgage solely (ph). It’s not only a hedge fund, it’s not simply doing lengthy shortcuts (ph) or mortgage solely (ph).

It’s acquired non-public markets, it’s via the credit score curve it has core enterprise engines that are pushed by types.

So, we have now massive comp companies. CTA and um, fairness comp companies. We now have a discretionary enterprise, what a few of you might need already been acquainted with in GOG, we have now non-public markets enterprise which is targeted actually on actual property.

And the — that — that — the only household actual property possession piece.

Um, and neighborhood housing, after which we have now one thing known as options. And the options piece is the piece the place we work with in impact our institutional purchasers or institutional consumer enterprise, however these institutional purchasers are pension funds, their endowments, they’re taking care of the pensions and the financial savings of actual people. The people that may — mother and pop proper.

The medical doctors, the academics, the steel staff in Holland, wherever they could be. And we accomplice with these establishments to return worth. And that’s our early aim.

Once we are available in, within the morning, we take into consideration who the actual underlying purchasers are right here. And the way we accomplice and be sure that we’re returning Alpha. We’re an lively supervisor and that options piece is how we create the spoke answer.

So, we’ll take components or explicit methods from every a part of our discretionary technique and match it with con technique and return it to purchasers as a result of we perceive and we work with them on their portfolio, the publicity, what they should obtain, their threat administration to create one thing that may be a spoke for them.

RITHOLTZ: In order that’s very attention-grabbing as a result of the everyday funds is that is our technique —

GREW: Take it or go away it.

RITHOLTZ: Proper, that’s just about it. You kind of have a one foot within the um, monetary planning, asset administration facet and one other facet in precise fund administration. What are some great benefits of marrying these two collectively?

GREW: I feel the truth for me is that increasingly more institutional purchasers want one thing in a separate managed account. They need one thing that’s bespoke to them, and the portfolio threat or development that they want solutions to. These are lengthy strategic relationships the place we’re investing effort and time in partnership inside these establishments to know what their portfolio development must appear to be or what they wish to obtain.

After which we’re a part of serving to them perceive that. And serving to them ship an answer that we are able to present to them to handle sure points. And perhaps it’s the mixture of methods, perhaps it’s a mixture of methods with extra transparency or extra liquidity?

Possibly it’s leverage, perhaps it’s a tele safety, perhaps it’s an overlay hedge, perhaps it’s any variety of this stuff. The potential that Man has to try this, is what we have now hung out and vitality and cash on. And expertise on.

Let’s be clear, we speak about tech and I’m certain we’ll cowl it later, we speak about how we deploy tech, and we take into consideration tech inside that quant area. However we deploy expertise all through the group to present us scale and functionality, that we use to service our purchasers.

RITHOLTZ: So, let’s stick with that, earlier than we get to the tech facet of it, all of the entities that you simply referred to numerous uh, foundations and establishments and pensions, lots of them have a future legal responsibility. Which means they’ve an obligation to pay out a sure sum of money to a sure class of beneficiaries in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. So, if you’re describing bespoke methods, I’m assuming your focusing on these future liabilities for every of these — these entities?

GREW: It may be that it may be something that they need in actuality. We’re way more about understanding consumer wants. And keep in mind they’ve, as you realize, huge portfolios.

Trillions of {dollars} that they’re placing into that. We’re a part of that and doing it abs — understanding what they’re attempting to attain, is much less environment friendly doubtlessly for them. So, let me provide you with an instance of what I imply by this.

I used to be um, talking to some purchasers, within the final couple of days they usually have been speaking to me they usually say hear, what we would like to do is sit down with you and there are two or three areas and I used to be like terrific, what do you wish to speak about? And so they mentioned, effectively, to begin with we’d like to know knowledge and the way you handle knowledge and the way you handle your expertise in that? I mentioned nice.

After which they mentioned the second factor is, we’d actually like your assist in understanding our portfolio development and whether or not what we predict it’s doing is what it’s doing or whether or not we’ve acquired correlation the place we didn’t suppose we’d have correlation. Or how we’re positioned. And I mentioned certain, we’ve acquired instruments that may provide help to do this.

After which the third factor they mentioned, I actually wish to speak to you about the way you’re reaching range and fairness and inclusion.

RITHOLTZ: Actually?

GREW: And I used to be like —

RITHOLTZ: That comes up in these conversations?

GREW: And so, I used to be like, okay, we are able to speak to you about that too. The purpose is, it’s not nearly delivering a fund, right here’s a product let me flog it to you. It’s a couple of a lot deeper relationship for us and it’s about delivering all the agency, not simply a part of the agency.

And that’s necessary to us as a result of I feel we do a greater job. And by the way in which, I’ll put this in there as effectively, we consider in making our, you realize, our purchasers smarter and higher as a result of they make us smarter and higher in return. There’s a – there’s an attention-grabbing piece on a Podcast listening to Fran Lebowitz truly the opposite day and she or he was speaking in regards to the huge loss we had within the ‘80’s with the AIDS disaster of artists.

And she or he made this actually nice level which is, it wasn’t simply the artists we misplaced, we misplaced the viewers. We misplaced the decerning viewers in that course of too. And I — it resonated with me about how we take into consideration Man.

We would like our purchasers to be smarter and higher, and outfitted with what we can provide them as a result of they maintain us as we maintain ourselves accountable. They’re the higher viewers that makes the higher efficiency.

RITHOLTZ: Huh, actually fairly attention-grabbing. So we’ll circle again to range, inclusion, ESG slightly later. Let’s stick with expertise for a minute.

How is Man deploying new applied sciences, what are you utilizing in your quant work, in your — your buying and selling and the way does this, um, infiltrate your complete group?

GREW: Nicely, it – it’s an identical one, let me say, you realize we view expertise and the adoption of AI expertise as a elementary a part of innovation. And it’s helpful throughout our whole group, within the funding course of, but in addition via buying and selling and execution. It’s utilized in each single juncture.

We’re consistently seeking to align the newest expertise and newest methods with our underlying funding for philosophies, not the opposite approach round. Does that make sense. So, it’s one of many instruments that make us higher at delivering what we do.

And new applied sciences aren’t alternative. They’re for me — they’re moderately a praise to what we try to attain. And we’re by no means going to be reliant on one expertise. This area is shifting so rapidly.


GREW: It’s about adopting the brand new, discovering its utility, seeing whether or not we are able to achieve alpha from it whether or not it makes us smarter, permits us to monetize one thing which reduces price, no matter it might be and making that occur. I feel AI can do a lot for instance, then simply automate. Um, it — it’s progressive, it might probably enhance productiveness, we use it as a part of our processing of information of our massive knowledge, of our fashions, portfolio development.

Um, it — we have now used it for instance for ESG prediction metrics. Let’s look about whether or not the place we see climate cycles. The place we take a look at it um, use it in your linguistic programing to have a look at — to make sense of sentiment in um, annual reporting from instance.


GREW: So many various purposes by nature, as you realize Barry, we’re open supply, um, area, we like it. Our builders like it. I imply I want I used to be as sensible as a developer, however our builders love open supply. It makes them higher. If you take a look at GitUp —

RITHOLTZ: Positive.

GREW: Which is certainly one of these mechanisms which I’m certain most individuals know, I feel we’re quantity two on GitUp, nevertheless it’s this sense of open-source expertise um, the place we use it as a lot as we are able to or we — we withing the group however we’re at all times focused on what else is on the market. So, we’re not frightened by tech growth, we wish to use it, however we don’t depart from philosophically the place we begin and what we’d like it for.

RITHOLTZ: Yeah there — there’s been slightly little bit of a backlash in opposition to issues like numerous AI and – and chatbots etcetera. To me it’s at all times been a instrument, all this expertise is a instrument that makes individuals extra productive, more practical, extra environment friendly. Uh, I’ve by no means thought hey, ChatGPT goes to place all of us out of enterprise it — it’s one thing that can be utilized to the betterment of our work product, and it appears like that’s integral to Man’s philosophy.

GREW: I sort of agree. ChatGPT is clearly the best disruptor we’ve had within the final yr. I imply, it’s been — it’s been given some actually fairly momentous uh, bylines as effectively. However it’s actually a large disruptor from my perspective, if you consider it negatively, you’re lacking the mark.


GREW: It’s — it’s —

RITHOLTZ: I’m certain it hallucinates sometimes, however —

GREW: However — however, effectively I used to be going to say one thing, who doesn’t, however that’s not true. Um, nevertheless it’s additionally not going to be the primary or the final piece of AI expertise. This isn’t effectively, I’ve acquired ChatGPT, due to this fact we’re carried out.

RITHOLTZ: We’re carried out. Proper.

GREW: That’s not going to occur, this kind of semi-hysterical worry of it, I feel is all mistaken. There may be — there are undoubtedly going to be advantages for us having the ability to use expertise to seize massive knowledge sources, take a look at what we’ve carried out and I, you realize, I’m speaking to a person at Bloomberg’s so you’ll know this. We talked about open structure a minute in the past, and take a look at what we’ve carried out with this ArcticDB.

So, this can be a piece of expertise that was developed at Man Group, which in impact is an excellent charged database. You already know, it’s in a position to course of massive chunks of information which we’re all attempting to take care of in a way more environment friendly and efficient approach. We truly open sourced it again in 2015, um, it’s first model, however in a kind of moments the place you’ve acquired to watch out you’re not consuming your individual Kool-aid slightly bit.


GREW: We – I imply we speak about tech on a regular basis, we went to Bloomberg and mentioned we have now this cool piece of package, um, would you want to try it? And we got here to Bloomberg as a result of if there’s one place that has an exceptional tech —


GREW: House and a Ka trillion builders, and all the remainder of it, it’s Bloomberg. So we got here right here and we have been testing ourselves. Again to that viewers factor.


GREW: present me how, whether or not we may be higher at this and present me the place we’ve kidded ourselves, is that this actually – is that this actually the factor?


GREW: And after months and months it’s now within the fingers of Bloomberg and it’s being —

RITHOLTZ: Oh actually?

GREW: Endorsed as that as a program that’s within the combine and is a part of the Bloomberg providing in that area. So, we — we checked our viewers. We labored out we weren’t consuming the Kool-Help.

However it exhibits you kind of the way in which that we take into consideration tech. and the way we give it some thought as one thing that makes us all higher, however I can be tremendous clear, it’s solely a part of what we have now. We now have 1,000,000 fashions, we have now our personal expertise, we have now our personal philosophical funding concepts inside every of our engines and we use tech to make us higher at that.

RITHOLTZ: Huh. That sounds fairly fascinating. Let’s focus on the foremost divisions at Man Group.

I wish to try to wrap my arms round, first what’s Man AHL?

GREW: Okay. So, consider, we have now two, let me do it a barely totally different approach. We now have two quant engines. One is numeric and one is AHL.

CTA, macro, large buying and selling hub.

RITHOLTZ: Once I hear CTA, I hear commodity buying and selling.

GREW: Proper.


GREW: That’s the place it’s initially coming at, from, nevertheless it’s way more than that. After which equities, resprimia (ph), Maloney (ph), piece and numeric which can also be quant. GOG, third engine.

Discretionary, human beings, individuals such as you and me and by the way in which, the way in which I began on the agency was via GOG. That was an acquisition which is one thing that we — you realize is an element and parcel of how Man has grown through the years. So, GOG, discretionary portfolio administration.

Um, then you’ve what’s FRM MSL. In order that’s that options piece, we talked about earlier, though FRM was, and also you’ve spoken to Luke earlier than, so the fund to funds enterprise. Um, which was additionally an acquisition, however that’s rolled into lucia (ph) as effectively and we have now nonetheless acquired a fund to fund enterprise the place individuals might need thought previously that that was a dying half, not a lot, individuals want some assist on the subject of their choice additionally of uh, managers which can be on the market and that’s nonetheless one thing that we’re half and a part of.

After which the fifth piece is that personal market area the place we have now that actual property piece that we talked about earlier and we inside every of these engines we even have credit score choices as a part of that.

RITHOLTZ: Huh, actually fairly fascinating.


RITHOLTZ: So — so let’s speak slightly bit about your strategy to management. You’ve managed to tell apart your self in a really aggressive subject. Inform — inform us how.

GREW: Right here’s the reply everybody, it’s not true. Um, I — I inform you and maybe this can be a mind-set about it, what I’ve carried out maybe is the higher approach of claiming, do I and the way I distinguish myself. What I’ve carried out is taken each single alternative, that has come my approach. And I —

RITHOLTZ: So, no grasp plan and this simply, you simply stumbled blindly from one gig to the subsequent, is that —

GREW: I imply — I imply that’s the right approach of summing it up. The um, the way in which of summing it up is that this, if you happen to’d have requested me 25 years in the past, do you suppose you’ll be the CEO of an funding administration firm, I’d have laughed.


GREW: I’d have laughed. I didn’t have a grand grasp plan. What I did have was a considerably insatiable need to study and have some enjoyable doing in order that I cherished being a fixer, I cherished being placed on planes, or being despatched into areas to resolve issues.

I’ve innately employed individuals round me and constructed groups of extremely credible high quality individuals, um, who I’ve empowered and who I’ve cherished to accomplice in reaching no matter it was that we wanted to attain higher, quicker, smarter than earlier than.

And that — that empowerment piece is large. The flexibility to not need to be the neatest, in truth, let me do it a distinct approach. If I’m the neatest individual within the room —

RITHOLTZ: You’ve carried out one thing mistaken.

GREW: I — I fear, I imply that’s not okay. Um, so on that foundation, management model, rent sensible individuals, put nice minds round you. Put individuals round you who’re prepared to disagree with you or higher nonetheless cease you from careening off a cliff.

For those who’re headed within the mistaken route, I can’t inform you what number of instances that, that’s simply as necessary as kind of the rugby sort out TE’s bit. For those who’ve all of a sudden acquired your self right into a body of that is the place we’re going and I’ve enormously benefited from that model of administration which is inclusive, it’s about delegation, it’s about empowering individuals to generally be actually horrible.

RITHOLTZ: So, let’s keep on with the delegation and the empowerment as a result of these are key themes. You don’t sound such as you’re a micromanager, you sound such as you inform individuals that is what we wish you to do, inform us what you have to get it carried out and now go do it.

GREW: That’s our job. As nice leaders I — I — that sounded smug. I don’t imply —

RITHOLTZ: Any chief.

GREW: Any leaders —


GREW: I feel any nice chief, any succesful chief, perhaps that’s a greater approach of phrasing it, any succesful chief, that’s one of many hallmarks it feels to me. Migrate individuals, empower them. If they’ll’t ship, if you happen to’ve acquired the mistaken individual, change the individual. Don’t micromanage.

Don’t discover the repair in making it, you do the job or anyone else.

RITHOLTZ: Swap the individuals on board.

GREW: That’s proper. And in order that has at all times been — I at all times discover that actually sensible individuals need that. They wish to be given the keys, they wish to run this stuff and the neatest individuals know once they don’t know.

Probably the most scary individual is the one that doesn’t know that they don’t know. The most effective one who works for you is the one who goes, yep, don’t know the reply to this, go away it with me or we acquired to seek out the perfect answer right here, not the right answer right here.

You’ve acquired to have the ability to transfer dynamically. You’ve got to have the ability to suppose. You’ve got to have the ability to discover options and or not it’s execution divine if you happen to’re working with me.

RITHOLTZ: So, you clearly have nice insights and management expertise, however you’ve mentioned you’re shocked that you simply acquired named CEO of this massive monetary agency. Why the shock?

GREW: I used to be —

RITHOLTZ: By the way in which I’m calling you out for slightly false humility right here. Defend your self.

GREW: Defend, glorious right here I am going – on goes the Barrister —

RITHOLTZ: Barrister.

GREW: Making cracks so we are able to get on. Let me say I — I feel there are tremendously robust individuals. We now have an awesome bench of senior administration at Man Group.

It’s a little bit of a privilege, and it sounds a bit trite, simply occurs to be true that we have now an exceptional bench of high-quality individuals. I don’t wish to assume and didn’t wish to assume that I’d be named the CEO. I’m thrilled, let me inform you that I’m going to be the CEO for the primary of September.

However it’s — there are such a lot of succesful people that it doesn’t do you any hurt to step again and acknowledge the abilities and the qualities of these individuals who you’ve labored with and who you wish to work with going ahead.

So, that was, that has been one thing that I feel has held me in good stead truly to have perspective and to maintain my ft very firmly grounded. I feel what maybe shocked me in actuality and but it shouldn’t have carried out was the press protection that the announcement garnered —

RITHOLTZ: Which means, and I don’t wish to put phrases in your mouth, however I’ve learn every part you’ve written. You have been genuinely shocked individuals centered on you as a lady taking the CEO. I imply that is nonetheless a reasonably — particularly in finance, look there’s a gender parody in enterprise, typically and finance lags enterprise and hedge funds lag finance.

So why so shocked?

GREW: At this level, I feel that is the place I name myself out and say why — you’ll be able to’t go effectively clearly if you put it like that. I feel maybe I used to be so centered on the job. I used to be so centered on this being one thing that I checked out internally moderately than I maybe centered on the exterior ramification or affect of it. And it’s humbling when that occurs, and it’s been heartening and, in some methods, overwhelming, and sensible all on the identical time.

And naturally, you get — one will get a thousand emails and a thousand messages and all of these issues and a few of the most touching are these from individuals who — who’re actually simply saying, you realize thanks — thanks Robyn however thanks Man for breaking that. For giving us anyone who’s underrepresented, and it signifies that all of us suppose we now, we’ve acquired extra individuals, yet one more individual sorry to — that’s damaged via that barrier.

No matter that barrier could appear to be. And that was — that was touching I’ve to say.

RITHOLTZ: It — it’s additionally if you’re on the within, you see the adjustments that others received’t see manifest for years or a long time, so that you’re conscious that issues could be slightly higher than they seem from the skin. So perhaps there’s slightly shock there. I’ve to say at this level, that by the point you turn into CEO on September first, the Chairman changing John Cryan, uh, can be Ann Wade. You’ll be not solely led by ladies, the agency can be led by two ladies.

There — there’s nothing like that within the hedge fund universe in any respect.

GREW: It’s phenomenal, um, and Ann is a celebrity. I’m very, very fortunate to additionally work with board, we’re very luck to work with a board at Man that’s — that’s sensible and engaged and extremely certified. And that with Ann has been, once more, the grasp of transition, the grasp of how we consider succession at Man has been very deep in the way in which that the board has thought in regards to the succession of the chair has additionally been a really, very in-depth, evaluation and evaluation.

Purchase occurs stance we’re on this place with Ann and myself, I’ve acquired to inform you it’s going to be sensible, nevertheless it’s not as a result of we’re ladies, it’s as a result of we’re the perfect individuals to take these roles.

RITHOLTZ: So, let’s speak about the perfect individuals, the agency is 144.7 billion in property. Let’s spherical it as much as 145 as a lot as my compliance individuals hate after I do this. How do you guys’ plan on rising the property, do you’ve any targets in thoughts?

Do you wish to get to 200 billion. Is it a trillion-dollar agency a decade from now. What are you fascinated by?

GREW: And it’s — it’s an awesome query, it’s additionally an early query let’s be clear. So um, I’m going to maybe not provide the passable reply you need. Nonetheless, you’d anticipate me to do precisely simply what I’m about to do.

The agency is sensible, I imply it has a cracking core enterprise and my primary job aside from something is to not break that as a result of that’s worth and it’s actual and it’ll proceed to develop. We’ll proceed to see the worth of expertise and we have now 35 years, 40 years of quant and knowledge and tech behind us and we’ll proceed to put money into that area. We’ll proceed to search for alternatives in an MLA format.

We’ve made it very clear to the market. Um, can’t guess what they’re going to be. Couldn’t inform you if I did know.

However I can’t guess what that’s going to be. What I’ll inform you is it is going to additive, and it is going to be additive for our purchasers. In the end that is about having deeper and higher consumer choices.

It’s that piece in regards to the options that we talked about earlier. How do I be sure that I’ve acquired every of the elements that may present a greater providing for our institutional purchasers. And we’ll develop that. U.S. massively necessary to us.

Deep capitol market, you’ll completely see us placing time and effort into constructing our presence right here too.

RITHOLTZ: Wanting ahead to that. Inform us slightly bit about your background in environmental, social and governance-based investing.

GREW: It actually has turn into slightly bit controversial right here however sure, so let me speak — let me speak about our background. We — within the early 2000’s we had our first kind of um, involvement in creating on fascinated by local weather and signing as much as numerous provides of data when it got here to local weather knowledge. Um, and nevertheless it actually, let’s be clear, it’s ESG as an idea has actually hotted up, if I’m allowed to make use of that phrase.

RITHOLTZ: Positive.

GREW: With ESG. Within the final —

RITHOLTZ: No pun meant?

GREW: No pun meant, perhaps a tiny pun meant. Within the final 5 years or so, the place you see the large change within the European regulatory setting. We now have these article eight and article 9 funds that are accountable investing funds, you realize, it’s important to have a sure proportion of responsive investing and um, investments inside them that may differ between article 9 and article eight.

Um, the place we’ve moved away from exclusionness the place issues have gotten extra complicated and the place knowledge factors have gotten extra attention-grabbing and the place um, drive funding choices. We now have actually seen an uptick of funding curiosity in RI in Europe. There’s virtually a degree the place you’ll be able to’t have a dialog with anyone in Europe with out the consumer, with out there being an RI piece to it.

RITHOLTZ: RI which means?

GREW: Accountable Investing.


GREW: My apologies. And so ESG RI interchangeable on this area. Um, however — however a remark I’d say extra typically is, since when didn’t we bear in mind governance and threat in funding determination making?

That’s — that’s the bit that I discover fairly attention-grabbing right here. So after I reply your questions, I answered within the format of what you’re actually asking me which is the ESG sort of idea.


GREW: When truly, you extract governance, and also you say will we appear to be a governance of issuers.


GREW: Who doesn’t?

RITHOLTZ: It’s a threat display screen if any.

GREW: It’s a threat display screen. And so, the way in which that we take into consideration ESG at Man, just isn’t as an evangelical level the place I cleaning soap field you into saying what is correct and mistaken. That’s not what we’re right here to do.

We’re right here as product suppliers, answer suppliers to our purchasers. And so, if a consumer involves us and says I wish to have a portfolio which has – which makes use of its affect. If I wish to take a look at biodiversity, if I wish to put money into, and his has not occurred by the way in which, however you realize, it solely boards which, I solely wish to put money into publicly listed corporations the place 50 p.c of the boards are made up of numerous candidates.

Doesn’t occur, however these standards, that’s the place we’re positioned. Now, the distinction that Man has is that what is occurring is that there’s a chunk of information on the market that’s holy inconsistent, extremely complicated, multiply sourced, and rattling proper contradictory. And what we are able to do with that’s apply these 35-40 years of information science, quants and tech functionality.

I can throw 500 individuals at that if I needed to. Nicely, we don’t must, to know what the alerts are in that area. However it isn’t that every part that we do at Man Group is now, needs to be ESG, it’s what do purchasers need. And we actually have purchasers who will solely need one thing that’s responsibly invested in some format, and we have now a whole lot of purchasers who don’t.

RITHOLTZ: If you say the info is contradictory, there’s been some research which have proven that ESG doesn’t generate any type of alpha or alphaperformance, fairly often tied to how effectively oil corporations are doing as a result of if you happen to pull these out it’s a significant element. And there’s others that say we’ve talked about the danger element, hey, when you have a whole lot of corporations with dangerous governance, they’ve a disconcerting tendency to explode and crash. Uh, how do you reconcile these totally different knowledge factors or is all of it within the framing and the definition of what ESG is or, what range and inclusion means?

GREW: Nicely, it — it nice query Barry. I feel what you might be pulling out there may be the complexity of the questions not to mention the reply. So, essentially, sure it has one thing to do with technique. For those who have been in a development technique final yr that had ESG —

RITHOLTZ: Didn’t matter.

GREW: Didn’t matter. If proper, so, a few of that is additionally about extracting the ESG issue not simply understanding and understanding it as in opposition to the technique that ESG was connected to. Completely, you’re discovering, if you happen to’re a hydroelectric firm, and the place your hydroelectric base is, is now affected by drought, yearly.

If you’re a wind firm and wind patterns for the previous few years have been off significantly. These are local weather change, however they bear in mind successfully the effectiveness of what you are promoting.


GREW: Now, so — so how do you — how do you extract the assorted factors of that to make it a good thesis. And the argument is what’s it that you simply wish to obtain as a consumer? What are you after?

And are you prepared, and a few factors of this, is the dialogue on the market that occurs with some purchasers, is — is all of it about P&L? Is it about alpha seize or is there a willingness right here to really say, truly, I’m extra focused on, I need P & L, I need alpha seize and I truly need social affect. Or I need local weather affect, or I need decarbonization.

The opposite piece of that is, there are absolute methods that are about transition. And transition is about recognizing the journey, between the place we’re between carbon and greenhouse gasoline vs. the place an organization could be going. So, you should have, and we have now had purchasers who say I’m focused on, I nonetheless wish to take a look at all of the gasoline and fossil fuels, however I’m within the transition.

I’m focused on who is de facto placing cash to work to transition from these fossil fuels into radiopuls (ph) for instance. So, a fancy query which then begets some luckily, a fancy reply.

RITHOLTZ: Let’s speak slightly bit about range and inclusion. How do you consider that as a supervisor after which how do you consider that as an investor?

GREW: We flip a mirror on ourselves, let’s be clear. You already know that — that’s necessary, we proceed to place each effort into in search of and having distinction in our group. I imply actual distinction as effectively. I feel this piece about, I’m probably not focused on the one that is totally different on the skin however truly went via all the identical instructional processes and the identical coaching. I feel we’d like distinction —

RITHOLTZ: By the way in which, it’s humorous you point out that. However there was only a research not too long ago and I don’t keep in mind if it was the Instances or Wall Road Journal or Bloomberg, that had the story, the overwhelming majority of economists have been working in finance, went to the identical six grad faculties. So, what does it matter how they give the impression of being, it’s the identical widget popping out of the identical manufacturing unit.

GREW: And we’ve acquired to get snug as effectively, let’s be clear. We now have to be snug with discomfort. If you would like actual range —

RITHOLTZ: Say that once more, snug with discomfort.

GREW: Comfy with discomfort. If you end up in a room and you’ll join over your no matter it might be, it doesn’t actually matter what your connections, your college or your expertise in life, the place you, your soccer staff, your and by that I meant —


GREW: Soccer. Anyway, that factor, that — that’s what we do as human beings. As human beings we attempt to join with one another, that’s how we clean the conversations and the way we transfer issues ahead.

Truly, when you’ve actual distinction within the room it feels sort of uncomfortable. It feels slightly bit jarring once in a while. Nicely, what do you imply you don’t perceive, otherwise you don’t get that or that wasn’t a straightforward dialog.

We gravitate as human beings in direction of simpler conversations the place we discover commonality. And what we’re asking of our organizations is to make it slightly bit extra friction full not friction much less in that area. However I’m 1,000 p.c, I shouldn’t say that I do know it’s a nasty phrase, I’m one hundred pc —


GREW: Um —

RITHOLTZ: Thanks a lot for that by the way in which, as a result of my query is at all times, why 1,000, why not 2,000?

GREW: Why not 2,000. one hundred pc certain that we’d like, and there’s a conflict for the perfect expertise. And if we predict, if the premise that — that solely the perfect individuals come from um, sure demographics.

RITHOLTZ: Your tribe.

GREW: Your tribe.


GREW: Is if you say it out loud, nonsense.


GREW: So, how we get individuals into our organizations that really feel, look and have distinction and the way we be sure that we give them the area to be that totally different in our organizations that’s the criticality to it. That little bit of, yeah — yeah, it’s okay, we’ll have you ever after which please are you able to be like us. You’ve acquired to know easy methods to create a company which truly provides individuals the area to be totally different, as a result of that’s what you’re getting them for.

It’s a bit like an acquisition the place you perceive the industrial actuality of it, you purchase one thing due to its industrial differentiation and then you definitely deliver it in, and also you attempt to squish it into one thing that degrades that industrial profit. It’s the identical with individuals, we’ve acquired to deliver individuals in, you’ve acquired to allow them to fly and also you’ve acquired to be snug, maybe being slightly bit extra uncomfortable than you have been earlier than.

RITHOLTZ: All the educational research say if you wish to keep away from group considering, if you would like higher choices, the extra numerous the group the extra possible you might be to — to succeed in a greater determination. So even that discomfort, there’s some tutorial analysis that helps it proper?

GREW: Completely, time and again you see the educational analysis and but, it suppose there’s a vanity that we’ve had in our trade slightly bit, which has been that nice individuals will come to us. After which we all of a sudden awakened a short while in the past, particularly as tech turned so extremely necessary to all of us, that there have been different choices for these very sensible individuals. That they didn’t have to come back and work at hedge funds, or perhaps they weren’t focused on finance, what? How might that probably, what, how might that be Barry? You and I —

RITHOLTZ: Surprising.

GREW: Surprising proper?

RITHOLTZ: I’ll allow you to in on slightly secret. I’m a recovering lawyer myself, so I — I get it.

GREW: Proper? So, it was lawyer’s nameless the place you go to, anyway that apart. The so — so we all of a sudden discovered ourselves believing that we’re nice, due to this fact nice individuals will come.


GREW: And really, not a lot. The — the — that — these new generations have many extra selections on easy methods to deploy that experience and truly, they take a look at us they usually say why would I come and work for a company the place you don’t appear to be me, you don’t really feel like me, you don’t perceive me, and also you’ll make me do stuff I don’t wish to do. And by the way in which I’ve watched billions and I’m – I’m that is the tough a part of the podcast, I simply made a humorous face, however the level being, we have now to do, and we’ve needed to do a significantly better job I feel in — in becoming a member of up the dots for that sensible expertise that’s coming via.

About what we do and why we’re helpful and why it issues that we do what we do and why they’re necessary a part of making certain monetary safety for hundreds of thousands of people that have labored very, very laborious their entire lives and deserve a high-quality return on their pension.

RITHOLTZ: So, I’ve at all times imagined the competitors for the perfect expertise is between monetary corporations. What you’re actually saying is finance is an entity collectively has to compete in opposition to different —

GREW: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: Fields and establishments.

GREW: Each day of the week. Each day of the week and perhaps it’s startups, perhaps that piece or perhaps its Tesla or perhaps it’s Fb or perhaps it’s Google, perhaps it’s any variety of these different areas which can be tech enabled and the place their doing this their — their PR — their PR is best, has been smarter than ours and you realize that piece the place we use — the place individuals skate board within the workplace bit, you realize and I feel we’ve needed to be slightly bit smarter and rather less scathing and slightly extra humble to make sure that we actually are the employer or the trade or model of that alternative for the perfect and brightest. And that features people who find themselves totally different, they usually take a look at monetary providers they usually don’t see distinction.


RITHOLTZ: So let me dredge up a quote of yours.

GREW: Uh-oh.

RITHOLTZ: That I believed was fairly fascinating. You advised anyone not too long ago and I consider it was after you have been named incoming CEO, “I’ve by no means been within the majority, whether or not as a result of I used to be a lady, and or somebody who proudly identifies as a part of the LGBTQ neighborhood and that may create challenges and signifies that prejudice has been in a actuality for me at totally different factors in my profession.” How does that have an effect on the way you run an organization, the way you have interaction in recruitment and the way you consider range and inclusion?

GREW: I feel it’s given me perception. I feel if you stay it, when it’s your lived expertise, you realize it and you are feeling it. I feel additionally I’m now ready and have been, I suppose, for the previous few years of being proof optimistic that people who find themselves totally different can — may be in senior positions and might now run corporations.

I feel that the unfairness for me, simply sort of made me extra punchy and made me extra decided to succeed. So I feel it makes me higher at understanding what it appears like if you don’t belong. If you’re on the skin of dialog.

When the tradition of a company genuinely isn’t inclusive. And that it’s not about checking packing containers, it’s about investing in your tradition and your group in a approach that’s very, very genuine. I — I’m fortunate in some ways, I by no means struggled with the I shouldn’t be this, this isn’t what society desires, I’m by no means going to succeed.

I don’t know what occurred, however that bypassed me. Fortunately. And so I’ve at all times been the way in which I actually am immediately and that has been terribly good for me largely, nevertheless it’s not been with out subject. I simply suppose that I’ve overcome these points which makes them one thing that I’m alive for different individuals.

That in my group and past, these struggles are nonetheless actual.

RITHOLTZ: Huh, actually, actually fairly fascinating. Let’s leap to our favourite questions that we ask all of our visitors, beginning with what have you ever been entertaining your self with, what are you listening to or watching or streaming?

GREW: So, what I — I — Responsible — Responsible, what I’m watching. I’ve — I really like Ted Lasso.

RITHOLTZ: What’s to not love, it’s a pleasant present.

GREW: It’s a superb present and I feel that it — it appears to, it’s the feel-good factor we sort of all want at t the second, it feels to me as effectively. So, Ted Lasso —

RITHOLTZ: I don’t even suppose that’s a responsible pleasure, the performing is nice, the writing is so sharp.

GREW: It’s fabulous. So sharp.

RITHOLTZ: And individuals who prefer it are embarrassed, and go I like Ted Lasso. Why shouldn’t you prefer it, it’s improbable.

GREW: I discover myself quoting Ted Lasso. What — maybe not Ted Lasso himself however there are positively factors the place I could also be channeling a few of the different characters. Positively. Podcasts, I — I — effectively, clearly it will be mistaken, Barry for me to not say you.


GREW: Cease — cease. However — however I — I do discover — a few of the collection very helpful. I discover a few of the Goldman stuff very helpful.


GREW: However I additionally discover after I dip into, you realize, Speak Simple, or I’ll dip into Darkish Shepherd once in a while as a result of it’s actually attention-grabbing, listening to a few of that kind of exterior (inaudible). You’re discovering your self with anyone totally different, asking individuals like us totally different questions.

RITHOLTZ: Actually intriguing. Inform us about your mentors who helped form your profession.

GREW: Goodness. This isn’t an exception speech. However I’ve been tremendous fortunate via each half from — from my college days via right here’s — right here’s one thing I’ll admit to. There may be not one firm that I’ve labored for or regulator that I labored for the place I’m not nonetheless in contact with, my outdated bosses. And that’s as a result of they took the time to work at who I used to be after which they put me to work.

And I’ll endlessly be thankful for that willingness to step again, not take a field, however put money into me as a person after which work at what I used to be good at after which make it higher. And so, there’s not one individual via any half, you realize, however I’d say probably the most transformational mentors or allies or sponsors or no matter, is Luke. I’ve had monumental profit from having his confidence and he has pushed me like nobody else.

RITHOLTZ: Huh. Actually — actually fairly intriguing. I very a lot loved my dialog with him additionally, fascinating individual.

GREW: He’s, he’s —

RITHOLTZ: Actually fascinating.

GREW: He’s every part and extra.

RITHOLTZ: Huh. Let’s speak about a few of your favourite books and what you’re studying these days.

GREW: So, residing in Japan, provides you a little bit of an perception on many issues so, any Japanese creator, um, Murakami, anytime Murakami places something out I learn it then I learn it once more.

RITHOLTZ: I’m assuming you’re studying the translated model in English not within the unique.

GREW: You already know, I want I used to be that sensible. I inform you one thing truly about it, actually good level. The translators of those books, aren’t they gifted?

RITHOLTZ: Actually.

GREW: I imply, as a result of it’s not only a phrase – it’s not like put it into Google and see what you get. It’s —


GREW: It’s every part and that’s positive. That’s simply a unprecedented functionality. So something in that kind of Murakami area. What’s open on my bedside desk proper now, is the I can’t inform you what number of instances I’ve learn it. However is Orlando. And —

RITHOLTZ: Actually.

GREW: There’s something extraordinary about that transformational via time, via gender, via expertise. There’s one thing that’s actually fairly fascinating. I’m not saying it’s a straightforward e book to learn, I’m simply saying it simply occurs to be the one I reopened a month in the past and I’m nonetheless going via.

RITHOLTZ: Attention-grabbing. And now we’re all the way down to our remaining two questions. What kind of recommendation would you give to a current school grad who was fascinated by a profession in finance.

GREW: Do it. I’d — I imply — I feel if, don’t anticipate it to be what you suppose it’s. expertise it with none type of prejudice in some methods or with none type of expectation. I’d additionally say go for it in a take the alternatives.

What finance does which is I had not anticipated, however is why I’m nonetheless in it, is it’s quick, it’s intellectually demanding, it has reached past its actual property footprint, it has affect, it’s topical, it covers geopolitical threat. There isn’t part of the world or society it doesn’t affect and if you happen to embrace it, on that foundation, the alternatives are literally infinite. So, be your self, go for it, don’t suppose an excessive amount of about ladders and what your subsequent title is or no matter that stuff is. Simply immerse your self in it and take each alternative that’s given to you.

RITHOLTZ: Actually attention-grabbing recommendation. And our remaining query, what have you learnt in regards to the world of investing and finance and hedge funds for that matter that you simply want you knew 25-30 years in the past if you have been first beginning out?

GREW: I don’t suppose I want I’d recognized something. I feel that my barely vast eyed, barely intrigued, barely uneducated begin level in finance was virtually a present. As a result of my expectations weren’t there, as a result of I didn’t must know as a result of I simply was hungry to study. As a result of I didn’t actually take into consideration company construction or what my subsequent job was.


GREW: And it was liberating, and I look again on my profession and I look again on the experiences and I look again on the individuals, a few of whom nonetheless work for me. And I — I’m unsure I’d change that. And so I’m okay with the place I used to be.

RITHOLTZ: Fairly fascinating. Robyn, thanks for being so beneficiant together with your time. This has been completely intriguing.

We now have been talking with Robyn Grew. She is the incoming Chief Govt Officer at Man Group.

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