Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA, is responsible for selecting and managing US equity funds and mandates and heads the alternatives fund selection team at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. He joined Barclays in 2005 where he worked as an equity portfolio manager and sector analyst in Paris. He moved to Barclays’ London office in 2011 to join Barclays Wealth & Investment Management’s multi-manager team covering various equity markets. In addition to his CFA charter, Abou Gergi holds master’s degrees in economics and management from, respectively, Saint Joseph University in Beirut and SKEMA Business School in Paris.
Cheap exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and smart beta products are no substitutes for active management, says Ziad Abou Gergi, CFA. But the manager-selection industry needs to adapt to the changing environment and investors' price sensitivity.