We believe...

In consistent capital growth.

That capital preservation is as important as capital gain.

That the rising blockchain sector provides asymmetric investment potential.

That the currency market place is young and inefficient and provides substantial trading opportunity.

Diversification, deep technical knowledge and active management substantially mitigates risk.

What we are

FDC Portal Fund – is a Cayman Islands fund with investments in funds that invest in high performance quant trading and best-of-breed long only blockchain infrastructure.

How do we invest

To meet our beliefs, we have created a unique fund focused on continued capital growth while maintaining exposure to asymmetric long-term growth. We have done this by investing in systematic quant trading strategies, complemented with fundamental value strategies.

Why this strategy

Digital Currency Markets are young and inefficient and present great trading opportunities for professional algorithm traders.

Our quant fund managers focus on market-neutral strategies to capture the volatility of price, exchange arbitrage and market momentum strategies to profit from large price swings.

Blockchain Investing with the market largely rebalanced, our Blockchain fund managers can access investment opportunities in infrastructure, tools and mis-priced assets previously unavailable.

Uncorrelated Returns from these investments are typically uncorrelated with those from traditional assets.

FDC believes such a diversified portfolio with a focus on absolute returns will lower the risk of the overall portfolio and enhance risk-adjusted returns and may provide investors with exceptional returns which are not correlated with traditional stock markets and real estate – in essence, a safety hedge for a diverse portfolio.

Who is the team?

Patrick Bennett

Fund Management
When all is new tradition and discipline is important

CIO

Over two decades in financial services, specialising in investment research and portfolio management. Previously investment analyst at HSBC James Capel; Head of Research at ASSIRT; Head of Research at Colonial First State Wealth Management, responsible for around $37 billion in FUA and Head of Research for Shadforth Financial Group, with $13 billion in FUA.  Patrick is the Fund Manager and Chair of the Investment Committee.

Nitin Guar

Technical Luminary
– Deep Understanding

Investment Committee Member  

Over two decades experience in the design and development of enterprise infrastructures and applications, including solutions for Fortune 500 companies in over 20 countries. Director of IBM’s Blockchain Labs, responsible for instituting IBM’s organizational understanding around blockchain and industry specific applications.  Adviser and Member of the Investment Committee.

Deryck Graham

Entrepreneur Visionary
– Building great projects with great people.

CEO

Over 30 years of experience building and listing companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and 19 years’ experience as a public company director. He co-founded QHL, Australia’s largest composite aerospace defence contractor with $800m in contracts, launched, JV’ed and sold Eagle Aircraft – which now forms Malaysia’s billion-dollar aviation industry –  and developed one of the world’s first social media platforms. He is responsible for forming the Fund and continuing to build future opportunities for investors.  CEO and Member of the Investment Committee.

Michael Casey

A Futurist with
Deep Industry Connections

Investment Committee Member ​

Michael Casey is a special advisor at the MIT Media Lab, where he works on applications of the decentralizing technology behind bitcoin and other digital currencies. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for CoinDesk, the leading news, information and events provider for the digital asset and blockchain community. Before joining MIT, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, where he spent 18 years covering global economics and finance. Michael has authored six books –  the last of which, The Truth Machine, is the largest selling book on the blockchain space.  Member of the Advisory Committee.

Matthew Spoke

Blockchain Thought Leader
– Aion Founder and Visionary

Investment Committee Member  

Over five years working exclusively in the blockchain space, worked closely with some of the world’s foremost blockchain leaders.  Founder and CEO of Aion Foundation, a multi-tier blockchain network designed to support/connect a future where many blockchains coexist. Founder Blockchain Technology Coalition of Canada, Board member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and past Adviser to Ontario Securities Commission. 

Simon Owen

Feet on the ground
– 30 years counts

Group General Counsel

Simon has almost 30 years of experience as a corporate and technology lawyer and corporate advisor with particular focus on capital markets and the development and regulation of projects incorporating innovation. Extensive experience in managing ventures and regulatory compliance in jurisdictions around the world.  General Counsel and member of the Investment Committee.

Stephen Fisher

Extensive Track Record of Investing at the Highest Level

Investment Committee Member

Stephen has twenty five years’ experience as an investment professional with leading investment management groups in the United States, Asia and Australia.

Immediately prior to co-founding First Degree in 2011, Stephen was the Head of Global Fixed Income Product – Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Asset Management, and had investment responsibility for the firm’s mandates from Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and some of the largest Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region.

Prior to that role, Stephen held roles with J.P Morgan Investment Management in New York and Australia, including those of Australian Head of Capital Markets Research and Asia Pacific Regional Head of Capital Markets Research.

Stephen’s specialist areas of expertise include the quantitative analysis of fixed income, equity and derivative securities and asset allocation techniques. He has advised some of the leading Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds on reserves management practices and his research has been widely published.

Stephen holds a Master of Science (Finance) and a PhD (Finance) from the WE Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, New York, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

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Tony Morgan

Experience, Track record, Deep Understanding

First Degree – FDC Portal Ltd’s Fund Manager

Tony has twenty-five years’ experience in the creation of investment management businesses in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to co-founding First Degree Global Management in 2011, Tony was a corporate and securities lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Sydney, before holding the roles of Head of Investment Product and Corporate Counsel at Davey Financial Management and Corporate Counsel and Head of the Retail Business of Jardine Fleming Australia.

Tony then transferred to Hong Kong to take up the role of Business Management Director of the JF Asset Management Group. Subsequent to those roles, Tony relocated to Singapore where he held the roles of Chief Operating Officer, South Asia, and Head of Sovereign and Institutional Clients, South Asia, at JPMorgan Asset Management.

In those roles, Tony served as the Chairman of JPMorgan Asset Management (India), a Director of JF Capital Partners (Australia), JF Asset Management (India), Al Meezan Investment Fund (Pakistan) and Ayudhya JF Asset Management (Thailand), all of which were licensed investment management entities.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Legal Studies from Macquarie University, a Master of Laws and a Master of Taxation from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and has been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.

Who can invest

Investors must meet the Singapore Accredited Investor definition as defined in Section 4A(1)(a) of the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), Chapter 289.[10] being NET Personal assets exceeding SGD 2 million (or equivalent in foreign currency). Or Income in preceding 12 months of not less than SGD 300,000 (or equivalent in foreign currency). Please feel free to ask our advisors should you need clarification on this definition.

Where?

With the Fund Manager based in Singapore and the Fund Adviser based in Hong Kong we are in two of the greatest finance hubs in the world. 

Our team members are based in Singapore, Sydney, New York, Austin Texas, LA and Perth.  We are global and
connections are core to success.

FDC Advisory

71 Ayer Rajah Crescent
Block 71, #01-17
Singapore 139951

P +65 6681 6632
E contact@firstdigital.capital