CAREER NARRATIVE

Currently: Chief Strategist and Head of Education at ACLS Global!

FXPRIMUS LTD, Limassol, Cyprus

Head of Investment Research  - 2015-2017

In charge of FX research. Determine fundamental views on all currencies. Produce written reports, two daily videos, webinars, and tweets on the results of major indicators

Key highlights:

  • Won “Best Research Award” from AtoZForex.com in March 2016. This award was decided by votes from the website’s viewers
  • Write weekly column for the NASDAQ
  • Research is posted on http://www.fxprimus.com/en/education

IRONFX GLOBAL LTD, Limassol, Cyprus

Head of Global FX Strategy   -   2012-2015

In charge of FX research for the the largest on-line FX broker. Determine fundamental views on all currencies. Produce written reports, daily video, and weekly webinar. Supervise technical and fundamental analysts.

Key highlights:

  • Won “Best Forex Research Reports” at the UK Forex Awards 2014 (the only category IronFX won).
  • Developed an FX program that ran twice a week on China Central TV, the state-run TV network watched by millions in China. I write and present the show myself.
  • Guest blogger for CNBC, frequent guest on Bloomberg TV.
  • Member of the Executive Management Committee.
  • Written research is posted on www.ironfx.com, videos and press appearances on www.ironfx.tv

BANK OF CHINA (SUISSE), Geneva, Switzerland

Chief Investment Officer  - 2011-2012

Managed all investment activities with accountability for chairing investment committee, formulating investment strategy, and deciding on strategic and tactical asset allocation for all asset classes. Managed discretionary funds and oversaw advisory business. Left position as they were shutting down the company.

Key highlights:

  • Built Investment Services Department from ground up, including selecting product providers, designing product offering, and creating research product.
  • Won $100mn in new mandates despite short tenure.

DEUTSCHE BANK, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo – 2002-2011

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Chief Strategist

 -  Europe, Middle East, and Africa: Geneva, 2008-2011  - Asia:  Singapore, 2005-2008 

Created investment and trading strategies in all asset classes, including stocks, bonds, FX, commodities, and alternative assets. Drove the development of our structured products, funds, equity, and fixed income groups by creating investment themes. Managed several funds as a member of their investment committees.

Member of the Global Investment Committee (GIC), the small group of senior strategists and portfolio managers who decided the house view. In charge of FX on the GIC.

Communicated house view to relationship managers and clients as GIC member. Actively marketed bank’s services to prospective clients.

Met regularly with high and ultra-high net worth clients. Attracted new clients and boosted DB’s market position as a thought leader by acting as headline speaker at road shows and industry conferences.

Key highlights:

  • Chaired FX committee consisting of FX sales and research specialists globally. Company won award for World’s Best Private Bank for FX in Euromoney survey.
  • Won numerous wealth and asset management mandates and increased bank’s share of wallet with existing clients through research, client meetings, and road shows. Particular focus in post-crash environment on shifting cash holdings into higher value-added products.
  • Served as “Public Face” of Deutsche Bank PWM and enhanced company’s public image through press interviews, television appearances, and speeches at client and industry conferences.
    • Monthly guest host on CNBC’s Squawkbox, appeared on CNN, BBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg News. Frequently quoted by Dow Jones News, Reuters, and others.
    • Addressed important industry conferences including Society of Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP) in Bermuda and Israel Business Conference.
  • Predicted in 2007 that Asian assets would perform well in view of U.S. housing crisis, which would force Fed to lower interest rates. Specifically recommended Hong Kong property for same reason. Urged clients mid-2008 to raise allocation to cash, especially yen, at some risk to my own career.
“Mr. Gittler is known as an analytical, careful, and conscientious employee who understands his field of
expertise very well. He works well under pressure and demonstrates a high commitment to the
bank carrying out his duties professionally and conscientiously to our entire satisfaction.”

Arnaud Apffel, MD, Head of Investment Services, DB, Geneva

Deutsche Bank Investment Bank, Senior FX Strategist, Tokyo, Japan - 2002-2005

Hired by former superior at Merrill Lynch who had moved to DB to head FX research. Decided short-term view on yen for DB FX research and represented the house view on other currencies to Japanese clients.

Key highlights:

  • Named one of best creators of short-term trades in Euromoney Japan 2004 poll and #5 among currency strategists in Japan in 2003 Asiamoney poll, the sole ranked non-Japanese analyst.
  • Grew Japanese business by establishing relationships with hedge funds, multinationals, major institutional investors, and domestic corporations. Made presentations in Japanese.
  • Boosted profitability of trading operation with successful trading recommendations and immediate reaction to market-moving headlines. The Tokyo desk’s profits doubled from $30M to $60M. 

BANK OF AMERICA, Hong Kong and Tokyo

Head, Asian FX and Rates Research  - 1998-2002

Managed five-person group?  Bank of America’s entire Asian research effort at the time. Served as G10 FX and fixed income specialist for Asian clients. Decided house view and made recommendations on region’s currencies and bonds. I was the Japan economist, forecasting the overall economy and monthly economic indicators.

Key highlights:

  • Earned first large FX trade with BofA by prominent US West Coast fund management firm (a $2bn option).
  • Raised bank’s profile significantly and increased revenues by developing well-received research product.


SBC WARBURG, Tokyo

Head of Economic Research:  Headed up a four-person group while acting as fixed income & FX strategist.

MERRILL LYNCH, Tokyo

  • Fixed Income Strategist:  Ranked #4 bond market strategist in Japan April 1997 Institutional Investor survey and #6 in Nikkei Newsletter on Bonds & Money poll of domestic investors in 1996 (when ML was the #13 firm).   
  • Passed CFA Level I to balance my macro/fixed income knowledge with better understanding of equities.