Background and Motivation
Dude, where should I invest? It turns out that it’s a very common question. Saurav created the Buylyst out of a personal need – that he should have access to professional-grade research of the highest quality for my Retirement and Personal accounts. He wasn’t satisfied with the resources he had. It turned out others weren’t either. They kept asking him, “dude, where should I invest?”. So, he decided to do something about it. In 2017, The Buylyst concept was born on a whiteboard in his apartment in New York.
As he honed the concept over the past few years, Saurav has drawn from a diverse array of experiences in the Investment Management Industry spanning nearly 15 years. He started out in Commonfund as part of an Analyst Rotation Program that allowed him dig into various asset classes – Domestic and International Equities, Hedge Fund Strategies, and Fixed Income and Commodities. Given his inclinations, he served those groups in a quantitative capacity, filling in as a go-to resident “quant”. He took that skillset over to a preeminent Long/Short Equity hedge fund called Cantillon Capital Management. He joined their Risk team, focusing on quantitative analysis and risk management under the tutelage of their Chief Risk Officer.
In 2009, Saurav decided that he wanted to switch gears, step aside from quantitative and statistical analysis, and dive deep into Fundamental Analysis. He went to Graduate School to train as a Research Analyst. After graduation, he joined Deutsche Bank’s Investment Management arm in their High Yield Research team, where he analyzed High Yield bonds and leveraged loans issued by companies in the Power, Renewable Energy, Entertainment, Restaurants and REITs sectors. He took that newfound skillset over to a boutique Alternative Credit Fund, where he analyzed leveraged loans and bonds issued by companies in the Energy, Power, Mining and Financials sectors.
Overall, Saurav’s experience spans from Quantitative Equity to Fundamental Fixed Income, which is a unique toolkit to have as a Research Analyst.
As far as formal education is concerned, Saurav graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in both Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in Statistics. After a few years he attended Carnegie Mellon University and got my MBA. Between the two stints, he became a CFA charter-holder.
In his spare time, Saurav
spends wastes a considerable number of hours researching the history and legacy of vintage mechanical watches, which he will never buy.