Barbara Saunders

barbara saunders

Managing Director, River and Mercantile Solutions

During her time at R&M Solutions Barbara has held a variety of positions, starting out in the derivatives team structuring hedging solutions, then as an investment consultant advising some of our largest clients and now as a senior member of the investment management team.

Barbara is a leading member of the Investment Strategy Committee, which interprets the house view on investment strategy for all advisory clients. She is also a member of the Multi-Asset Committee which translates the house view into the implementation actions required for all fiduciary management clients.

Barbara has significant experience of providing advice across the full range of investment considerations. This demands a grasp of detail, and the ability to understand that detail in its proper context, and the decisiveness to make definite recommendations on the basis of that understanding. But it also requires an aptitude for conveying that understanding to others, and for persuasion. This can prove crucial when significant investment decisions are required within a fairly short timeframe, but it relies on her ability to develop trust with her clients over the long-term.

Barbara’s investment expertise is reflected also in her role as a leading member of the Investment Strategy Committee, which interprets the house view on investment strategy for application to consultancy clients. She has a particular depth of understanding of liability hedging, having spent the early part of her career modelling and trading LDI strategies for DB pension schemes.

In 2012 she was identified by Financial News as one of the “Rising Stars” in European Capital Markets.

Barbara is a qualified actuary.She graduated in 2004 with first class degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London, and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School. 

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