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Investments

Our expertise in and access to global markets provide you with insights and the broadest range of investment opportunities, which we accompany with the highest level of service.

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Preserving and growing great wealth requires a distinctive approach.

In our experience, the families who have remained among the world’s wealthiest for generations have typically built great investment portfolios that follow a disciplined, long-term plan.

We therefore customize a long-term investment plan that addresses your risk and return goals, as well as your other requirements.

This forms the basis of the complementary core and opportunistic portfolios that we then help you to build.

To populate your core and opportunistic portfolios, we give you comprehensive access to global opportunities across all asset classes.

These opportunities are accessible via self-directed portfolios, discretionary managed portfolios, capital markets strategies, and extensively vetted third-party traditional and alternative managers.

As a close partner of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, the Private Bank provides you with the same caliber of ideas, resources and opportunities as the world’s leading institutional investors receive

Our Global Client Service can provide even greater local access to opportunities in other regions of the world, with additional Private Bankers and Investment Counselors to serve you locally.

The mission driving our investments platform is to be the highest quality, most independent, research-driven global investments platform of any private bank.

David Bailin
Chief Investment Officer
How we serve you
Our Investment Philosophy
Our Investment Philosophy guides our entire approach to helping you maintain, grow, and wisely manage your wealth. It rests on certain key principles:

Most of your wealth, apart from your business holdings, should be invested in a core portfolio diversified by asset class, geography and sources of return. Diversification is essential, as portfolios concentrated in few countries or asset classes are riskier and perform worse over time.

Market timing and cash hoarding are a fool’s game. Your core portfolio should be fully invested for the long term and regularly adjusted to remain in line with your customized investment plan.

Disciplined opportunistic investing can complement your core portfolio’s performance. Your alpha-seeking opportunistic portfolio’s investments can be short or long term, aiming to capitalize on market dislocations, your high-conviction beliefs, and preferred themes.

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Our investment process
Your return goals, risk tolerance, and other criteria frame the strategic asset allocation we customize for you.

Our proprietary strategic asset allocation methodology estimates returns over a ten-year horizon based on valuations.

Higher return estimates likely lead to larger recommended allocations to an asset class, and lower estimates to small allocations.

Our methodology also treats severe losses during a market crisis – rather than volatility – as the most significant risk that you face.

The resulting allocations are tactically adjusted to reflect the recommendations of our Global Investment Committee.

Our discretionary managers also provide regular rebalancing and systematic risk management.

This disciplined approach to asset allocation and portfolio oversight enables you to remain fully invested for the long term.

For deeper insights into your core and opportunistic portfolios, our Global Investment Lab can perform a bespoke analysis to highlight risk exposures and potential opportunities.

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Your dedicated investments team
We take a team approach to addressing your portfolio’s needs.

Your Private Banker works closely with your Investment Counselor and teams of product and asset class specialists to provide customized investments advice, market perspectives and strategic insight into your portfolio.

Our team approach to your portfolios extends throughout the Private Bank, with timely insights into economics, asset classes and investment strategy from our Chief Investment Officer and Chief Investment Strategist, and Chief Economist.

Our Global Investment Lab is dedicated to analyzing your entire wealth and strives to uncover potential opportunities and risks.

As a Private Bank client, you can expect the same level of exceptional service in each region of the world where you may have business, family, or personal interests.

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We believe globally diversified allocations offer better risk-adjusted return potential over time.

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An opportunistic portfolio seeks to enhance your overall returns, mitigate your risks, and capitalize on market dislocations or themes via investments that differ from those in your core portfolio.

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Catching market uptrends and avoiding downtrends seems like a tempting idea. But in practice, it’s almost impossible.

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Meet our people

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Global Head
David Bailin
Global Head of Investments & Chief Investment Officer
“The philosophy driving our investment platform is to be the highest quality, most independent, research-driven global investment platform of any private bank.”

David has overall responsibility for Citi Global Wealth Investments, which unifies the Investments teams of the Private Bank and the Consumer Bank worldwide.

As Chief Investment Officer, David ensures the integration of our asset allocation, manager research and portfolio management teams, and offers his perspectives on the markets.

David joined the Private Bank in 2009 as the Global Head of Managed Investments. He designed the architecture of our global managed investments platform, including its Citi Investment Management unit, and our distinctive private equity, real estate, hedge fund and traditional investment teams. He became Global Head of Investments in October of 2017.

Prior to joining Citi, David was Head of Alternative Investment Asset Management for Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management, where he was responsible for client alternative investments across private equity, real estate, venture capital and hedge funds. He has been a co-founder of a hedge fund of funds, Martello Investment Management, and a senior executive at two leading hedge funds, John W. Henry and Company and Ellington Management Group.

David holds a BA with honors from Amherst College and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

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Global Head
David Bailin
Global Head of Investments & Chief Investment Officer

David has overall responsibility for Citi Global Wealth Investments, which unifies the Investments teams of the Private Bank and the Consumer Bank worldwide.

As Chief Investment Officer, David ensures the integration of our asset allocation, manager research and portfolio management teams, and offers his perspectives on the markets.

David joined the Private Bank in 2009 as the Global Head of Managed Investments. He designed the architecture of our global managed investments platform, including its Citi Investment Management unit, and our distinctive private equity, real estate, hedge fund and traditional investment teams. He became Global Head of Investments in October of 2017.

Prior to joining Citi, David was Head of Alternative Investment Asset Management for Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management, where he was responsible for client alternative investments across private equity, real estate, venture capital and hedge funds. He has been a co-founder of a hedge fund of funds, Martello Investment Management, and a senior executive at two leading hedge funds, John W. Henry and Company and Ellington Management Group.

David holds a BA with honors from Amherst College and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

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Steven Wieting
Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Economist

Steven heads our Global Strategy team which formulates our macro investment views across all regions and asset classes. He chairs our Global Investment Committee, which sets our tactical asset allocation, the basis for discretionary portfolios we manage for clients. 

As Chief Economist, Steven provides detailed macroeconomic analyses to inform portfolio decisions.

Previously, Steven was Head of Economics for US institutional equities at Citi Investment Research. He advised the firm’s institutional and government clients globally on macroeconomic developments, forecasts and policy analysis. 

He was also economic advisor to the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Investment Committee and a voting member of predecessor Asset Allocation Committees at Salomon Smith Barney.

 Steven has a master’s in quantitative economics at Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York.

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Iain Armitage
Iain Armitage
Global Head of Capital Markets

Iain Armitage has overall responsibility for our Capital Markets organization, whose asset class specialists provide investment advice and execution services across equity, fixed income, FX and commodity markets. He is based in London.

Iain has worked at Citi for over 25 years and prior to his current role was the Regional Head of Investments for the Private Bank in EMEA.

Before joining the Private Bank in 2012, Iain worked in Global Markets, including roles as Global Head of Commodity Investor Sales, Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Sales in Japan and as a fixed income derivative salesperson in Europe. 

Iain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Durham University.

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Philip Watson
Chief Innovation Officer & Head of the Global Investment Lab

Philip heads the Private Bank’s Office of Innovation, which he helped to establish in 2018. He chairs the Growth Board, participates on accelerator programs and other initiatives designed to improve the client experience. 

He has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, mostly gained at Citi. Before joining the Private Bank, he held a variety of positions within Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. As well as leading the Global Investment Lab, Philip sits on the Global Investment Committee and Multi-Asset Class Committees, which inform the tactical market views and management of discretionary portfolios respectively. 

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Daniel G. O’Donnell
Global Head of Citi Investment Management Alternatives

Dan leads a team of professionals in Boston, New York, London and Hong Kong dedicated to identifying key themes across alternative asset classes, and originating opportunities for clients.

Prior to joining Citi, Dan worked for Bank of America’s alternative investment group, focusing on private equity and real estate origination and investment management. Dan also has experience working on all aspects of the underwriting and monitoring process for a wide range of buyout, venture capital, and real estate investments during his career in Bank of America’s principal investing division

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Robert Jasminski
Global Head of Citi Investment Management

Rob oversees Citi Investment Management’s operations globally, which responsible for approximately $80.5bn in assets under management and advisement.

He is also a voting member of the Global Investment Committee, which sets the Private Bank's tactical asset allocation recommendations.

Rob is an industry leader in global developed and emerging market equity management and has more than 25 years’ investment experience.

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Kristen Bitterly Michell
Head of Investments
North America

Kristen is responsible for leading the North America Investments business serving both the ultra-high net worth and high net worth client segments. She is also a member of the Private Bank’s global investments leadership team.

Most recently, Kristen was head of capital markets for the Americas, a role in which she managed a team of professionals delivering cross asset core portfolio and tactical trading strategies. She has spent over two decades in capital markets leading teams at Citi, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, and speaks on the subject regularly at industry conferences.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s in Economics and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Lisandro Chanlatte
Head of Investments
Latin America

Lisandro oversees the creation and delivery of innovative investment strategies, asset allocations and risk management to leading high net worth clients and family offices across Latin America.

Lisandro joined Citi from BAP Capital, a distressed real estate fund, where he was investment officer and before that was investment officer for Citi’s global pension investments group.

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Laurence Stoppelman
Head of Investments
Europe, Middle East & Africa

Laurence has overall responsibility for meeting the investments needs of clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including asset allocation, product advice, and execution across capital markets and managed investments.

Previously, Laurence served as Head of Investment Counselling for the UK, Israel, Greece and Russia, and as Private Banking team leader for Israel and South Africa.

Prior to joining the Private Bank in 2003, Laurence was a portfolio manager at Insinger de Beaufort – BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

Laurence holds a bachelor’s degree in private law and finance from the University of South Africa.

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Roger Bacon
Head of Investments
Asia Pacific

Roger is responsible for all of our investments activities in Asia-Pacific.

Previously, he was Head of Citi Investment Management in the region. Roger has more than 27 years of asset management industry experience. He spent the first ten years of his career with JPMorgan Asset Management and its predecessor companies working in Asia, the UK and continental Europe. In 2004, he joined a prominent UK family office to set up and manage a substantial multi-asset-class investment program. As UBP’s Head of Hedge Fund Business in London, he helped build a multi-billion dollar discretionary and advisory customized hedge fund operation.

Roger has an honors degree, postgraduate diploma and MBA in International Financial Services from the University of London. He holds the Certified Private Wealth Professional designation.

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Harlin Singh Urofsky
Global Head of Sustainable Investing

As Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Harlin works across Citi’s investment divisions to develop and oversee investment solutions along the full spectrum of sustainability - ESG integration, socially responsible,thematic and impact investments - to ensure the integration of sustainable practices in alignment with Citi’s best thinking on research, asset allocation and diversification. She also works closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist teams to deliver thought leadership and content to clients and external partners and works with the Global Investments Lab to develop and deliver client portfolio analytics.

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