Our popular Hedge Funds Club Good Life interview series continues with HFC boss Stefan Nilsson interviewing Anubhav Mehrotra, CIO of EASTvine Capital in Singapore.
From where and how do you get your daily general news updates?
My go-to places are Financial Times, BBC and The Guardian. These days it’s impossible to block out various other news avenues and publications and I do frequent them occasionally. But the ones I mentioned have been my news sources for many years now.
What do you do to unwind on a weekend?
A mixture of spending time with the family – two kids – and some tennis or running and catching up with friends for dinner and drinks.
Can you name a great book you have recently read?
It’s a book I re-read once in a while, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
Your soundtrack of choice?
This is a tough one as it depends on the prevailing mood – my default option would be some deep/progressive house music.
What drink do you start the day with and what drink finishes it?
The day starts with a glass of water immediately followed by a strong black coffee. The finish depends on the day but there is a high chance it might be a glass of red wine.
What’s the worst money mistake you’ve made?
Too many to list but I’ll mention one that is quite simple and which I will desperately try to teach my kids, and keep reminding myself, the power of compounding! For me, this is the single most important finance lesson.
Have you ever had a great mentor and what did you learn?
I have had the privilege of working with some exceptional managers – the consistent attribute across all would be their work ethic and client focus.
What gives you energy?
My family – on most days! Being around positive and driven people. Music.
How do you stay grounded and focused as a person in these turbulent and fast-changing times?
It’s not easy and I am by no means close to practising this well, or consistently for that matter – it’s important to differentiate between things you can and cannot control. Put 100% effort behind the things you can control, while still appreciating that the final outcome might be influenced by various other factors. Be humble if successful and remain optimistic if not.
Can you name a terrific restaurant that you love?
Another difficult question. In Singapore our favourite restaurant, a Spanish one, is Gaig. During my time in Barcelona, I loved Abac and in London, nothing beats a good curry meal at Tayyabs.
What’s your favourite museum in the world?
Tate Modern, London.
Are you active on social media and what do you actually use it for?
I am active on LinkedIn which we use as a channel for regular updates from EASTvine Capital. I enjoy following some interesting and smart people and reading their views.
Do you have any secret guilty pleasure that you are prepared to reveal here?
I am not sure if it’s a pleasure or sickness, but the thrill of recognising a song without having to Shazam it still gets to me!
What kind of battle dress do you normally put on for work?
It depends on the agenda for the day and can range from a shirt and jeans to a suit.
Do you celebrate your wins? If so, how?
I think it is important to celebrate wins – big and small. The celebration should also be a moment for reflection and gratitude and to regroup for the next challenge.
What makes you happy?
Many, many things. This year, Liverpool finally winning the league will suffice!