In a series of interviews conducted by Hedge Funds Club boss Stefan Nilsson, we are aiming to get under the skin of interesting people related to the hedge fund industry. The interviews focus on the people and the good life. Here’s our chat with Rahul Dubey of Aura Group in Singapore.
From where and how do you get your daily general news updates?
Mostly via email updates like 24/7 Wall St, Abnormal Returns, ZeroHedge, Calculated Risk, Albourne Village, etc. They summarise it well and are easy to read.
What do you do to unwind on a weekend?
I spend time with family. Plus always looking for good movies to watch.
Can you name a great book you have recently read?
“Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike” by Phil McKnight. Very inspirational. Credit to Omar Taheri for recommending another good read!
Your soundtrack of choice?
Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” from 1959.
What drink do you start the day with and what drink finishes it?
I start the day with black tea and end with a glass of nice Scotch.
What’s the worst money mistake you’ve made?
Did a USD/EUR trade in late 2009 that lost nearly half my personal portfolio.
Have you ever had a great mentor and what did you learn?
Hard to name one. My bosses, past and present, have helped tremendously over the years. The best mentors point out your weaknesses and guide you to develop them into strengths.
What gives you energy?
My friends and family have always been by my side. Motivates me daily to do my best for them.
How do you stay grounded and focused as a person in these turbulent and fast-changing times?
I always tell myself things are transient. One day you’re feeling down then back up. So never be complacent. I won’t always have things going my way. Do the best you can with what’s available. Make it a point, especially now, to help others, even those I’ve had differences with, for the greater good.
Can you name a terrific restaurant that you love?
Alati on Amoy Street in Singapore which serves Greek cuisine. Their xtapodi grilled octopus is one of the best things I’ve had.
What’s your favourite museum in the world?
The museum in Kolkata. The exhibits on the Indian Independence Movement and ancient culture are very touching and impressive.
Are you active on social media and what do you actually use it for?
Primarily LinkedIn to connect with professionals, share updates, etc. Haven’t used Facebook in a long time.
Do you have any secret guilty pleasure that you are prepared to reveal here?
I need to have my weekly dose of briyani at the nearest Indian restaurant.
What kind of battle dress do you normally put on for work?
My usual white shirt and navy-blue pants. Cufflinks depend on the client and mood.
Do you celebrate your wins? If so, how?
I usually have a nice meal with friends, whoever’s available. Pray as well to show my appreciation.
What makes you happy?
The most wonderful thing in my life – my girlfriend, wife sometime soon.