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John Husselbee: The role of experience in nurturing investment style

David Taylor is a laid back character, a trait which seems to have worked to his advantage given the number of industry and company changes that he has absorbed in his career. In fact, as with some of the other managers profiled in this series, David Taylor is part of a generation whose route into the industry may not be possible in today’s highly structured internship and graduate recruitment market. What is very interesting about his path through the industry, particularly when considering the question of nature v nurture, is that external and unpredictable factors have played a large role. In turn, this path seems to have also significantly influenced his investment approach, suggesting that, in his case, nurture has been the more significant. Perhaps the importance of this journey played some part in his selection of his favourite investment adage: “it is better to travel than arrive”.

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