Company: CQS New City High Yield Fund Limited (NCYF.LN)
Date: 22nd November 2023
Presenters: Caroline Hitch (Chair) and Ian “Franco” Francis (Investment Manager)
Company Information: CQS New City High Yield Fund Limited aims to provide investors with a high-dividend yield and the potential for capital growth by investing mainly in high yielding fixed interest securities. These include, but are not limited to, preference shares, loan stocks, corporate bonds (convertible and/or redeemable) and government stocks. The company also invests in equities and other income-yielding securities. The manager has a strong focus on capital preservation and is conservative in his approach to growing NCYF’s capital.
Caroline Hitch, Chair
Caroline joined the board after working in the financial services industry since the early 1980s, mostly with the HSBC group. Her experience includes Head of Wealth Portfolio Management at HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Ltd. with investment responsibility for their flagship multi-asset retail funds. Prior roles included specialisation in institutional fixed-income portfolio management. She has worked in London, Jersey, Monaco and Hong Kong.
Ian “Franco” Francis, Investment Manager
Ian ‘Franco’ Francis is CIO New City, and a Senior Portfolio Manager for CQS’ New City High Yield and Convertibles business. Ian joined CQS in 2007 as part of CQS’ acquisition of New City and has more than 35 years’ experience in trading and portfolio management. Prior to joining CQS in 2007, Ian worked in a variety of roles in convertible bond trading and sales at firms including Collins Stewart Limited, where he was Head of Trading and Convertibles; West LB Panmure as Head of Convertibles, James Capel & Co. and Hoare Govett & Co.
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