As Head of Fixed Income, Short Term Investments & Global Credit, Tony oversees of a range of fixed income, credit, and cash investment capabilities. He provides investment leadership and strategy to deliver on a wide variety of client objectives. He also has responsibility for investment outcomes, governance, team management, product development, client servicing, business development, and managing our counterparty relationships. Over his career spanning more than three decades, Tony has a proven track record of achieving success as an investor, engaging with clients, managing businesses, and nurturing talent. Tony joined First Sentier Investors in March 2002 as a result of the merger of Commonwealth Investment Management and (then) Colonial First State, where he had established the Cash business in April 1988. Prior to this, Tony was employed at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in the Global Markets Treasury Division, in a variety of portfolio trading roles. In 2003, Tony was appointed as a Trustee Director of the Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation (CBA Group Super). In 2012, Tony was appointed to the Market Governance Committee of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), where he currently acts as Deputy Chair.
Craig Morabito is a Senior Portfolio Manager within the Fixed Income, Short Term Investments and Global Credit team at First Sentier Investors. Craig is responsible for investment strategy, management, product development, and client servicing of FSI's global credit strategies.
Craig has extensive experience and proven success across all aspects of portfolio management including; macro strategy, security selection, relative value analysis and portfolio construction. Craig’s investment leadership has seen FSI’s suite of global credit strategies outperform benchmarks and achieve top tier peer relative performance.
Craig began his career at First Sentier Investors as a Credit Analyst in June 2005, covering Financials and Consumer non-Cyclicals. In his time as a credit analyst he helped successfully guide the portfolios through the GFC and was also involved in the establishment of the ESG risk rating process.
In July 2010, Craig was promoted to portfolio manager for a number of passive, active and ALM Australian fixed income and credit portfolios. Craig commenced responsibility for the suite of Global Credit strategies in 2014. Craig has successfully guided the launch of a pure Global Investment Grade strategy in 2016 and Sustainable Loan strategy in 2021.
Craig is a CFA Charter holder. He holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Financial Planning and a Diploma of Financial Markets from FINISIA. Craig is also member of the CFA Society of Sydney.
As Portfolio Manager, Ben is responsible for the management of global credit portfolios including asset selection, relative value analysis and portfolio construction, with a particular focus on interest-rate and foreign currency risk management. Ben joined the company’s Global Fixed Interest team in 2015, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of a range of global sovereign and Australian diversified funds. In 2016, Ben transitioned to the Short Term Investments and Global Credit team, with a sole focus on the Global Credit suite of products. Prior to this, Ben spent five years with Queensland Treasury Corporation, working in various analytical roles across the Risk and Markets businesses. Ben holds a Bachelor of Business and Master of Business (App. Fin.) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Ky Van is Co-Lead of Credit Research focused on oversight of the credit research function and the further harmonisation of methods across both the rating and relative value elements of credit analysis worldwide. She joined the company in January 2017 and retains active coverage responsibilities, primarily in the investment grade Industrials and Energy sectors. Prior to joining the company, Ky Van was a Senior Credit Analyst at QIC and spent more than eight years in London as an analyst and manager of high yield credits for Aberdeen Asset Management and Canaccord. Ky Van holds a double degree in Bachelor of Science (Adv)/Bachelor of Commerce and is a CFA charterholder.
Mike is Co-Lead of Credit Research focused on oversight of the credit research function and the further harmonisation of methods across both the rating and relative value elements of credit analysis worldwide. He joined the company in May 2014 and retains active coverage responsibilities, primarily in the investment grade Financials, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors. Prior to joining the company, Mike worked at Invesco, most recently as a Senior Credit Analyst, Investment Grade Credit. Mike served on active duty in the United States Army’s 1st Cavalry Division as a Combat Engineer Officer. He is a 1997 graduate of The United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University.
Natasha is a Portfolio Manager on the Short Term Investments team, as well as a Structured Credit Analyst, providing important expertise for the global credit function. Natasha has over 30 years of experience including her previous role at CFSGAM as a Senior Credit Analyst focused on global (ex-Asia) banking credit. Prior to CFSGAM Natasha was a Senior Credit Analyst – Vice President at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) where she was responsible for analysing all fixed income and cash assets issued in Australia, and was actively involved in the marketing of SSgA funds to clients, rating agencies and asset consultants. Prior to SSgA, Natasha was an Associate Director of the Relationship Credit Group (Natural Resources) at ANZ. Natasha has extensive experience in corporate lending, project and structured finance, securitisation and credit analysis with several international banks including Credit Suisse and Toronto Dominion. In addition, Natasha has also worked with Merrill Lynch, and HSBC Securities as a sell-side equity analyst covering resource companies and bulk commodities.
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Politics) from The University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and a Masters of Accounting Studies from the University of New England. Natasha is also a CPA and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Ethan is a Loan Specialist in the Credit research team at First Sentier Investors. Ethan joined the team in May 2022 having previously worked at ANZ bank in the Institutional Division. Ethan began working at ANZ in 2013 as an intern rotating through Structured Trade Finance, Credit and Relationship Management. In 2017 he took a full-time position in the Structured Trade Finance team managing a range of Borrowing Base, Prepayment and Warehouse Repurchase facilities. In 2020 he joined the Supply Chain Finance Product Team where he was responsible for managing and developing ANZ’s product offerings of Receivables Finance, Payables Finance and Asset Backed Notes programs.
Ethan graduated from the University of Sydney in 2018 with a Bachelors of Agriculture and Economics. He also holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University having graduated in 2021.