ANALYSE THIS: IG’s Travis Robson
We analyse Travis Robson, head of Institutional & Premium Clients at IG
We analyse Travis Robson, head of Institutional & Premium Clients at IG.
If someone came to you tomorrow with R100m to invest i just one company, which would it be?
I would hope the individual had a long time horizon and already had a diversified portfolio elsewhere before putting R100m into one company. I would say Steinhoff. It’s been a good investment for me. The group has grown from a furniture manufacturer in low-cost Eastern European countries to one of the leading furniture retailers and has a strong leadership team as well as a strong product value chain.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be able to read people’s minds.
What was your first job?
Working as an assistant store manager for a clothing retailer
What’s your biggest regret?
Not starting to invest earlier.
What was your worst investment mistake?
Listening to a fellow trader and selling EOH, as I had done really well on my investment.
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
In 2009 I invested in EOH at around R5.
Apple or Samsung?
Neither, but I prefer Android to Apple. I have an LG phone.
If you found a lottery ticket tomorrow that had won US$100m, what would you do?
Track down the person who owned the ticket and ask for a finder’s fee. If that failed, I’d donate to the charities that I support and then take a sabbatical around the world, investing time in myself to broaden my experiences and knowledge.
What’s your favourite song?
I am very seasonal with music, so my favourite song changes often. However, any Greenday or Foo Fighters song.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My mountain biking and cycling hobby.
Name a place you’ve been to that lived up to the hype.
In 2006 I went to Iceland, it has some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet. The Aurora Borealis is an incredible light show and there are a lot of geysers and underground springs. Icelanders are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Nudity is a very normal thing in Iceland, Icelanders are very open to bathing naked in hot springs (never a bad thing).
On what occasions do you lie?
When I am trying to persuade my daughter that she does not need that toy or clothing item.
If you could fix one thing in SA today, what would it be?
I would put a stop to corruption and put that money towards improving the standard and accessibility of public education. Giving the youth access to quality education and training will help build SA.