Luke and Gideon founded Ferguson Hyams with a common belief that a fantastic investment product could be made by combining talented independent portfolio managers from around the world with a proven history of great risk-adjusted returns and providing them with a platform of risk control and governance.
Additionally, they both believed that the asset bubble, created by central bank zero-rate policies since the global financial crisis in 2008, was nearing its conclusion as central banks begin to normalise their interest rate and quantitative easing policies.
Therefore, they saw a great need for an investment product that will deliver solid annual returns with controlled volatility without relying on this asset bubble to continue indefinitely.
Our mission is connect investors to our great portfolio managers, providing them with solid, stable returns regardless of the direction of stock markets and other global markets.
Luke Ferguson is the Chief Executive Officer and Responsible Manager for the AFSL. Prior to co-founding FHIM he was a director of a global alternative and automated trading research company for wholesale investors and high pedigree traders.
The company, under Luke’s leadership was positioned to fast-track the process of matching high quality trading strategies to international investor mandates. Luke was responsible for systematising the risk management frameworks into the trading system to be leveraged by the trading teams and onboarding domestic and international traders. Luke holds RG146 qualifications in Derivatives, Foreign Exchange, Securities and Managed Investments.
Gideon Hyams is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and prior to co-founding FHIM he served UBS in a number of capacities for over 17 years, more than half of that time as Managing Director in Zurich.
In a stellar career at UBS he was the youngest banker to be appointed Director. He managed one of the largest FX derivative portfolios in the market with in excess of 10,000 option and cash positions representing a notional value of several billion dollars. He consistently produced annual profits in excess of USD $80million and under his leadership secured the prestigious Risk Magazine Currency Derivatives House of the Year Award.
His technical expertise lies in trading and risk-managing the breadth of exotic and vanilla derivative positions. His business expertise is evident in his management of high performing teams of traders and in developing and implementing systematised risk management and pricing protocols.
Educated in England, Gideon holds an Honours degree in Physics from University of Oxford and professional qualifications in Financial Planning, Derivatives and was ranked in the top 3 of Swiss Bank Capital Markets Classes in Pricing and Risk Control.
Scott Charaneka is the chairman of FHIM and is one of Australia’s foremost lawyers in the Financial Services sector with over 25 years of experience.
He is a regular speaker at conferences, has designed key training programs for boards and responsible managers and is the author of many publications relating to financial services regulation.
Scott has comprehensive experience in business establishment, licensing, governance, administration, distribution, restructuring, investment and tax matters associated with superannuation, funds management and life insurance products.
Scott has a Bachelor of Arts – UNSW; Bachelor of Laws — UNSW; Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment — FINSIA; and is a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.
Ferguson Hyams set about the task of evaluating independent portfolio managers and discovered that many great portfolio managers walked away from institutional backgrounds since they became tired of the rigidity and regulation that increasingly comes with working for a large financial institution.
Others left when banks closed down trading desks due to new regulations and decreasing risk appetite.
There are also great portfolio managers who are self‑taught and who have always traded with their own capital and honed their skills and systems over the years.
In conjunction with onboarding great portfolio managers, we also began developing tools to facilitate thorough risk management as well as transparent evaluation and portfolio construction for investors.