“Seeing the dynamics of the market; the way it reacts and moves and then applying our expertise to get the best out of any given market situation – it’s a great motivation every day as it is fluid and exciting. When we look at the various companies out there, it’s really about fundamentals but we have to be conscious of all the external factors that have an impact on a company’s operations. This includes the basic principles of doing good which appeals to me and that’s where the ESG markers make a difference.”
At VCAM, Angie manages the Malaysian ESG Opportunity fund capitalising on her 23 years of experience in managing equities, both in Malaysia and in Asia ex-Japan across insurance, pension, state, unit trust, foundation, corporate and private funds.
Angie began her career as an analyst at SBB Securities. She then joined Aseambankers before moving on to SBB Asset Management. While at SBB Asset Management, the SBB Retirement Fund which was under her portfolio, won the best performing fund by Lipper Asia in the balanced category for one and three years, and SBB Premium Capital Fund was consistently in the top-quartile on a 5-year rolling basis.
Subsequently, she was with AIA where she managed both the local as well as foreign equities of the life funds. She covered Asia ex-Japan markets and managed the Asia ex-Japan Dividend Fund and Asia Opportunity Fund.
Angie has seen four big bull cycles in 1993, 2001, 2007 and 2010-2014 and three big bear cycles in 1994, 1998 and 2008, giving her excellent footing to take advantage of market cycles and adopt a contrarian view.
Angie graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Actuarial Science.
“Invest in the right companies at the right valuations”
Shahnaz joined VCAP Asset Managers in June 2019 from i-VCAP Management Sdn. Bhd. (“i-VCAP”), where he has served as Head, Equities / Senior Portfolio Manager since October 2017.
Prior to joining i-VCAP, he was leading the foreign equity investment department at Social Security Organisation (SOCSO). He also served for 10 years at Public Mutual Berhad as a Portfolio Manager, managing equity investments in local, regional and global equity markets.
He started his investment career as an Investment Analyst before becoming a Portfolio Manager at Pelaburan MARA Berhad. He is an affiliate of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from Universiti Teknologi MARA.
“I love what I do because of the fluidity and changes of the fixed income markets. There is a need to work smart as it makes good business sense and this more often than not translates to positive outcomes for client portfolios. What I especially enjoy is the funds that we manage allow me to be closer to my clients. I appreciate that our performance enables some clients to pursue noble undertakings such as building schools. As such, knowing that what we do has direct societal benefits, I have to be absolutely sure with my investment decisions.”
Muzanee brings his 20 years of experience in managing, trading and hedging multi-currency Credit/Private Debt Securities, Interest Rate Swaps and MGS/Gii for various institutions to his role in VCAM’s Fixed Income team.
He has managed various aspects within Treasury throughout his career including Asset Liability Management as well as Sales and Trading of various treasury products. He gained valuable experience during landmark financial crises over the last two decades namely the Asian Financial Crisis, the DotCom bubble and the US housing market crisis which has lent itself to honing his decision making and trading skills.
Muzanee began his career in Affin Investment Bank as a Treasury Dealer gaining vast knowledge of the business before moving on to Bank Muamalat as Head of the Fixed Income unit responsible for the bank’s investment and trading books. During his tenure there, he spearheaded the setup and running of the shareholders’ fund portfolio. In 2010, OCBC Bank (M) welcomed Muzanee as their Credit Trader on their derivatives trading desk.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the International Islamic University, Malaysia.
“It’s all about value. A company’s value is an indication if it will be a good investment and more often than not these companies will persevere in negative market conditions. As portfolio managers, we have a responsibility to ensure our investment decisions have a positive impact on our clients and society especially when you take into consideration that some of our investors are charitable bodies and pension funds; establishments that are the keepers of public funds”
Soon Chong manages various local equity funds ranging from wholesale and ESG funds to pension and government endowment funds. His 13 years spent in capital markets with stints across investment banking, treasury, risk management, auditing and asset management has prepared him well for his current role at VCAP Asset Managers. He is equally adept at making crucial portfolio decisions, and executing strategies for risk mitigation and capital preservation in bear markets as well as optimising profit under bull market conditions.
He began his career at Ernst & Young where he held various advisory and audit roles including leading the team on financial audit and advisory. He then joined AmInvestment Bank where he added investment banking and its corresponding divisions such as treasury, fixed income, forex, equity derivatives, risk management and internal auditing, to his portfolio of expertise.
In 2010, Soon Chong moved to ValueCAP as Vice President, where he spent five years in Investment Research covering sectors such as oil and gas, healthcare, consumer, technology, and media, in Malaysia and across ASEAN markets. This experience was crucial to his appointment as Portfolio Manager at VCAM to conduct equity valuations, top-down macroeconomic analysis and bottom-up fundamental analysis, in addition to stock selection based on value investing methodology.
Soon Chong holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from Multimedia University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
“High yield bonds and capital gains are critical to generate interest income and preserve capital for the funds under management. Every day, we learn new things and aim to be better than we were yesterday; not only from a personal point of view but also for all our stakeholders especially our clients.”
Shareena joined ValueCAP’s investment treasury team in 2011 right after graduation and was put in charge of the company’s cash management which involved meeting the company’s cash flow requirement and optimizing ROI by investing available cash through money market placements.
In 2014, she joined VCAM where she was involved in setting up the Fixed Income desk and managing the Fixed Income portfolio covering pension and endowment funds. This includes investing and balancing both sovereign and corporate bond papers of various tenors, credit ratings and industries, based on given mandates, to achieve the targeted return.
Aside from trading, Shareena conducts market data analysis to identify investment opportunities while assisting Senior Portfolio Managers on day-to-day portfolio management activities. As a part of the Fixed Income team, she also helps analyse economic, financial and industry trends and proactively communicates these findings through periodic reports on each managed Fund to management and clients.
Shareena graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from Multimedia University, Cyberjaya.