Tradertalk : QFS Asset Management - taking a unique view on the business of
e-Forex talks with two new members of QFS Asset Management,
Karlheinz Muhr, CEO and Jim Conklin, Ph.D., Head of Research. QFS
is a leading asset and risk management firm based in Greenwich,
How long have you been in the asset management business and what
attracted you to the industry?
Karlheinz: I have been
in the investment business for over 25 years. I joined QFS last
year, and became the CEO as a result of the acquisition of
Cenario Capital Management. I was the Chairman and co-founder of
Cenario after leaving Credit Suisse in 2009. Cenario provided
investors with volatility risk advisory and management services.
Additionally, we developed a proprietary Risk Index (the CRIX) -
a leading indicator of heightened risk aversion and market
turbulence - which is still available on Bloomberg Terminal. I
was fortunate to have been one of the people in the industry to
have pioneered the concept of volatility as an asset class. In
1999, I formed Volaris with my partners, which was sold to Credit
Suisse in 2003. I stayed at Credit Suisse and served as a
Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Asset Management
Division and was head of Credit Suisse Volaris. I was also a
member of both the Chairman's Board and the Management Council of
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