DEALING with constant change and fast-moving financial markets could prove unsettling and nerve-racking for most people, but not for Mr Manraj Sekhon.
In fact, the Fullerton Fund Management chief executive officer and chief investment officer finds life in the fast market lane "energising".
"Someone once said that the greatest constant in life is change - either you live with it or you find it very difficult," he told The Straits Times recently. "I find it very energising, very satisfying and fulfilling to keep learning new things... trying to anticipate new trends and changes to the environment."
In recent years, the speed at which asset markets have swung from bull to bear has increased noticeably.
"The pace of change in the markets has quickened... the timeline from one to another and how quickly views get reflected in market prices has sharply narrowed over the years," said the 44-year-old Singaporean, who became a father to twins earlier this year.
He would know, for the fund management veteran has been in the investment industry for nearly 20 years, with 15 years spent managing global equities.
Mr Sekhon cut his teeth as a fund manager mainly in London, spending eight years at Henderson Global Investors. There, he was a director and head of international equities, leading a team that managed global equity portfolios.
He has also won industry accolades for his investment acumen, having been named "Best Fund Manager - One Year" by Professional Adviser UK, a leading industry journal, in January 2009.
In 2011, he became CEO of Fullerton, a wholly owned unit of Temasek Holdings whose investment expertise spans equities, fixed income, money market, currencies and alternatives. Fullerton manages some $12 billion in assets.
The Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder was also included by luxury lifestyle magazine Prestige Singapore in its 2014 power list of 100 influential individuals here.
Ask Mr Sekhon about his views on markets in various countries or regions and he is likely to give a meaty and insightful opinion.
"The markets have been very resilient... there's a whiff of complacency, but that's not to say that markets are exceptionally overvalued and a major correction is needed," he said when quizzed if a significant correction is round the corner.
"We are in a world where growth is still scarce, the cost of capital is very low, liquidity is plentiful, and investors are all looking for yield," he added.
On United States stocks, he said: "There's still a lot of liquidity on the sidelines that hasn't fully participated in this recovery... there's a lot of people sitting on the sidelines waiting for a pullback to go in."
He added that the US economic recovery is broadening out. He also noted that bank loans are increasing to high levels and that consumer credit is growing at the fastest level in 16 years.
On China, he said: "It's too soon to pronounce judgment on the recovery there. The leadership is going through a difficult transition to reform the economy... that's not going to happen overnight... it's too soon to say we are back on track."
He highlighted several individual sectors there to watch, including clean energy, environmental services, consumer durables, retail and Internet-related firms.
As for India, he noted that expectations are very high after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landslide election win, and that has been reflected in the market performance.
He added: "We are positive on India. Does the market require a breather? Probably. But there are a lot of people who want to buy into the Indian story, so I don't think any correction will be long-lived."
In his three years at Fullerton, Mr Sekhon has been involved in several changes and key developments.
In April last year, Fullerton tied up with DBS Bank to launch an investment fund with a focus on Asian equities and fixed-income securities, offering a minimum subscription of $1,000 for retail investors to participate. Called the Fullerton Total Return Fund, its size is about $58 million as of the end of last month.
In January, Fullerton opened its second international office, in Tokyo, to serve its clients and partners in Japan and develop its business there. Its first overseas office is in China.
Several months ago, it made three senior hires to strengthen its equities investment team.
In May, it was granted a coveted investing licence that could give it greater access to China's capital markets.
"We are always learning about new things... there's always something new going on... we enjoy the change and we try to stay ahead of the competition," said Mr Sekhon.