Graticule Asset Management Asia
William Freda found his first job in finance through Monster.com.
In 2003, Freda, newly graduated from Fairfield University in
Connecticut, where he majored in business, was using the job
search website when up popped a post in the back office of
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in New York. His second
finance job was with a firm launched by a TV ratings monster:
New York hedge fund firm Cramer, Berkowitz & Co. When Freda
joined as a trader in 2004, founder and CNBC stock-picking
personality Jim Cramer had already retired from investing,
leaving his former business partner, Jeff Berkowitz, and
Matthew Jacobs in charge. Freda, who grew up in New Jersey and
has an MBA from Cornell Universitys Johnson Graduate
School of Management in New York, stayed at Cramer Berkowitz
until Fortress Investment Group hired him in 2007.
New Yorkbased Fortress was in expansion mode after
recently becoming one of the first alternative-investment firms
to launch an initial public offering. Freda, 35, worked as an
equity trader in the liquid markets group under macro
Michael Novogratz and Adam Levinson. He worked on a team
headed by Peter Swartz, a senior portfolio manager for the Fortress Asia Macro funds and a longtime
specialist in technology, media and telecommunications stocks.
When Levinson spun out from Fortress in 2015 to start his own
firm, Graticule Asset Management Asia (GAMA), Swartz went along
too with his team, including Freda.
With the formation of GAMA, Levinson moved from New York to
Singapore. Swartz and his group also relocated, but only as far
as San Francisco. Today managing director Freda, whose father
was a senior executive with accounting firm Deloitte Touche
Tohmatsu until his recent retirement, trades equities and
commodities. Working for a global macro hedge fund firm like
GAMA has its challenges: Freda needs to be in the office by
4:00 in the morning, before the U.S. markets open. However,
those early hours suit the father of two young children.
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