The investment strategy we offer our clients is in Asia ex-Japan small cap (smaller companies) equities. We consider that Asia ex-Japan equity markets are not consistently efficient and that an investment process utilising fundamental research and quantitative analytical tools can deliver a better return and risk outcome over time compared to regional equity benchmarks.
The firm is incorporated in Singapore and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The firm holds a Capital Markets Services Licence.
The firm was founded in 2007 in Singapore by Richard Firth who observed an opportunity for an independent specialist firm to manage Asia ex-Japan small cap (smaller companies) portfolios.
The Firth Asian Smaller Companies strategy was launched in 2008. We have collective investment schemes available for qualified investors and also offer our services in the form of separately managed account portfolios for clients with bespoke requirements.
Richard FirthChief Executive, Chief Investment Officer
Richard has been in the fund management industry since 1987, invested in Asian equities since 1993 and lived in Asia since 1998. During an 18-year career at Schroders, Richard performed various fund management roles in the firms London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore offices. These included managing a Korean equity country fund from 1995 to 2005, managing a corporate restructuring fund sponsored by the Korean government, Chief Investment Officer of Schroders Korea, and launching and managing the Schroder Asian Smaller Companies Fund in 2005. Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Birkbeck College, London University, and is a Regular Member of the CFA Institute.
Colin McCallumPortfolio Manager
Colin joined Firth Investment in November 2021. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London, Colin moved to Asia in 1997 with Cazenove, and subsequently worked in the Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore offices of Credit Suisse across 18 years. A Managing Director from 2011, Colin headed up Credit Suisse’s Asian telecoms services sector research team, as well as running the Hong Kong/China Investment Review Committee. In total he has 24 years of sell-side equity research experience. Colin holds a degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.