TMCnet Feature
May 13, 2020

Business Spotlight: Philip Rodrigs, Founder of Raynar Portfolio Management

It is said that when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. While it is clear from his achievements that he has in fact, worked a great deal, renowned small business investor, Philip Rodrigs attributes his success to turning his hobby into his job.

Philip Rodrigs, a Chartered Financial Analyst, began his career by investing a small gift from his grandfather in the early 2000s. Now, two decades later, Rodrigs is founder and CEO of Raynar Portfolio Management, a uniquely structured investment company dedicated to ‘Searching High and Low for Great Investments’. The newly launched company prides itself on being client-driven and ethically focused.

Rodrigs’ reputation speaks volumes to his success. He is an award-winning financial analyst. He was twice named Investment Week UK Smaller Companies Manager of the Year consecutively in 2010 and 2011 and earned the Financial Express UK Smaller Companies Alpha Fund Manager of the Year in 2016. In 2012, Rodrigs was awarded the prestigious title of Morningstar’s Outstanding Rising Talent in which he was chosen from a pool of all fund managers in London. And the specialist Investment Trust he designed and launched won What Investment Trust’s Best UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust in 2017.

Philip Rodrigs was raised in Nottingham, U.K., attending a local private school thanks to government assistance. He went on to study Economics and Management at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and then joined the professional investment industry in 2002. He currently resides in London and enjoys scuba diving, driving, skiing, and global travel.

Why did you start your business?

I have been an employee in the investment management industry for nearly 20 years, it is what I know. That said, I have a multitude of experience in contributing to the success of a growing firm and learning many valuable lessons in what to avoid.

I started Raynar Portfolio Management because I wanted to be part of a firm that instills a culture of putting the client first. I wanted to create a firm that operates entirely ethically from day one. We have created and maintained strong partnerships and operate with a considered approach in being thoughtful, yet analytical to best serve our clients.

How do you set goals for your business?

Raynar Portfolio Management launched in January 2020. As one of the newest investment firms this year, it is imperative to build trusting relationships with our clients. Next, and equally as important, is striving to build a portfolio that generates above-average returns for the client, while providing a lower than average risk profile.

As I’ve said, putting the clients first is the core foundation for long-term success and profitability. I am confident in the style in which I have managed money in the past. I am proud that I have twice grown business units from small beginnings to a billion-dollar scale. If I can take my personal management style and experience, and combine that with a client-first approach, I know I stand a great chance to achieve great outcomes within my own firm. 

How do you stay on top of your workload while motivating your staff?

The company is still in its formative stage so I can say that right now the only person I need to motivate is myself! My fellow colleagues share that drive and self-motivation to build our firm together. My ambition is to grow Raynar Portfolio Management to expand our team dedicated to our clients and their investments.

I do have a fairly regular routine to keep myself on track. It is very important in the investment industry to read widely to understand that is going on in the world. The only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is the intrigue of what is happening in the news. I read everything and anything I can to stay on top of the things that may affect my clients.

After reading the news, whilst on my spinbike, I get ready for a day filled with meetings, the administrative duties of owning my own business, and of course, managing portfolios and making investments. I end my day by studying other companies, examining their financials and reviewing their strategy. If I’m lucky, this is the point in the day where I unearth a hidden gem that will prove exciting for the portfolio in the future.

My hobby is my job, and I really love what I do. My objective is that, when the time is right, we bring on more staff that are just as motivated as I am.

What would you say is your “secret recipe” for success?

I can’t say that there is a secret to it. The key to success, ultimately, is passion. Regardless of you do, if you do it with passion and determination, you will see your efforts flourish into a successful career. I have continuously enjoyed what I do within the investment industry and my clients have seen that.

My first client with Raynar Portfolio Management was someone who had invested with me in the past that I had never even met face-to-face at that time. My professional success, including owning my own business, is made possible by the fact that I am known for my passion and for working hard to create positive outcomes for my clients.

In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good leader?

Above all, a good leader must learn and adapt from their mistakes. We all make mistakes, but what sets those leaders apart from the rest is that they don’t dwell on the past, they learn from it and grow despite their failures, then move on. To truly lead, the person must fully understand the fundamentals of the business. They must be passionate, knowledgeable, and possess certain emotional intelligence skills that make others feel as if they are in it together.

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