Meet Christopher Ip, a business development executive in our Sydney office
Hi Chris, tell us a bit about yourself
I started my career in financial services at Credit Union Australia and spent my last four years at IOOF Investment Management.
Earlier this year, I joined FIIG in a business development executive role. I’m really enjoying my new surroundings and working with my colleagues. I also used to work around the Barangaroo part of the city so at my new location with FIIG, I have plenty of exploring to do on my lunch break.
Have you always lived in Sydney?
I spent my early childhood in Macau, but I’m a Sydneysider having lived here for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, my Chinese is not quite business fluent, much to my parents’ disappointment.
What attracted you to FIIG and the world of fixed income?
FIIG is an exciting place to be – it is at the heart of expanding the fixed income market in Australia. It’s certainly great to be a part of this journey as this industry continues to grow.
In a sentence, how would you describe your role at FIIG?
Dynamic, interactive, client centric and fun!
Can you give us an insight into what you and your team do?
Client acquisition and qualifying leads are basically the name of the game. Our team mainly focuses on enhancing our customers’ client experience and broadening our footprint in the market. A big part of my role is educating clients on corporate bonds and fixed income, and discussing how FIIG can assist in their investment endeavours.
Sounds like you’re a very busy person! Say I’m a new client to FIIG, what are the first three things you would tell me about investing in corporate bonds right now?
First question to start with is, “why hold cash, when you can earn 1-2% per annum more than deposits - throughout the economic cycle - by investing in low risk corporate bonds?” Secondly, corporate bonds can add stability to your portfolio as they are less volatile than higher risk asset classes such as shares and property. They also provide a great degree of certainty, due to consistent income streams, and return $100 face value at maturity
What is your favourite part of the job?
It’s a rewarding experience to be an advocate for fixed income and speaking to clients at industry events. I enjoy shining the light on an important, lesser known asset class that is often neglected by investors. Another favourite part of my job is sharing and discussing the economy and global markets with colleagues at morning teas.
Switching out of the work environment, what was the last movie you saw and what did you think?
‘Rogue One’. It’s a spin off from the main Star Wars Trilogy, and it’s a must watch movie in my view. ** Nerd Alert**
What do you get up to outside of FIIG?
I play social tennis and sometimes soccer, but I mostly love visiting restaurants and travelling … for food … and sightseeing too, of course!
So you’re a foodie! Can you recommend a Sydney restaurant to try?
There are a lot of great places to choose from in Sydney. Bar Luca is a very good spot for burger lovers like myself.
You must have travelled a lot. Where is your favourite place?
There are many highlights from my travels. My last international trip was to Kyoto and Osaka in Japan which I highly recommend. I really miss the people, food and culture so for now, Japan is my favourite given it’s my most recent experience. My answer might change when I return from my next trip to Greece, Croatia and Germany so let’s revisit this conversation later.
That sounds exciting! Lastly, you are having a dinner party and you can invite any four people in the world. Who would you invite?
George R. R. Martin, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Raphael Nadal.