CFA Founder & CIO, ABP Invest
Thanos is the visionary Founder and Chief Investment Officer of ABP Invest, a research boutique he launched in 2015 specializing in delivering insightful strategic outlooks and analyses on geopolitics, economics, markets, and foreign exchange. His firm has earned accolades for its precise market predictions, notably anticipating the rise in inflation from June 2020 and accurately forecasting a pivotal shift in the US economic landscape by May 2022, which significantly influenced their asset class strategies.
With a robust background in asset management spanning two decades, Thanos has honed his expertise at prestigious institutions such as CSFB Investment Management / Credit Suisse Asset Management and Investec Asset Management, covering a broad spectrum of sectors including fixed income, emerging markets, currency management, and multi-asset strategies. His career commenced in a pivotal role as an Economist for the UK Government Economic Service, where he navigated the complexities of the ERM Crisis of 1992 under the guidance of then-Minister William Hague.
Throughout his career, Thanos has adeptly managed portfolios for an array of clients, from FTSE, Dow, and DAX pension funds to sovereign wealth funds, local authorities, and family offices. His leadership and strategic foresight were recognized when he was twice honored with the prestigious “Currency Manager of the Year” award in 2004 and 2010. His tenure in asset management has seen him successfully steer through numerous global financial upheavals, including the 1997 South-East Asian crisis, the 1998 Russian and LTCM crises, the dotcom bubble in 2000, and the subsequent Financial and Eurozone crises, enriching his perspective on the interplay between geopolitical events and macroeconomic trends.
A respected voice in financial media, Thanos is a regular contributor to BBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC, and is a sought-after speaker and moderator at investment conferences. He holds the esteemed CFA Charterholder designation and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). His advisory role extends to Institutional Pension Funds through his association with MJ Hudson Investment Advisers Limited.
Educationally, Thanos is grounded with an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Though a native of Athens, he has spent the last 35 years in London, where he indulges in his passions for windsurfing, bootcamps, running, and more recently, cold water swimming. Despite his accomplishments and years of study, mastering German or French remains an elusive goal, even with the influence of his German spouse.