Taking stock of five years managing the FSSA Global Emerging Markets strategy

I started my career more than 18 years ago as a developed markets consumer analyst. It was a great introduction to investing – the consumer sector is extremely broad so I was able to gain experience across many sub-industries and look at a wide variety of companies.

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