Mark Schlarbaum Joins Rayliant as Head of Trading and Capital Markets
Los Angeles, Monday, January 04, 2021 – Rayliant Global Advisors, which recently launched the world’s first active China ETF, has added to its ETF capabilities by hiring Mark Schlarbaum as Head of Trading and Capital Markets. Schlarbaum is a China ETF specialist and joins Rayliant from KraneShares, where he was previously a Managing Partner and oversaw that firm’s ETF growth to over USD 5 billion in 20+ ETF products. Schlarbaum is a critical part of Rayliant’s long-term strategy to deliver what it refers to as “China ETF 2.0” exposure to U.S. investors.
“Mark has a passion for China and experience in the region”, said Jason Hsu, PhD, Rayliant’s Founder and Chairman. “He knows how to work across borders and navigate complexity. Mark is one of the world’s foremost experts in running China ETFs and his know-how is helping Rayliant deliver active China strategies wrapped in the multitude of benefits offered by ETFs.”
“I am thrilled to be part of the Rayliant family,” said Schlarbaum. “Not only are we delivering the next generation of China exposure, but we are also doing it in a way that is consistent with the direction our industry must continue moving toward: evidence-based, institutional-quality, and low-cost. It is truly exciting to be on the forefront of so many aspects of our industry, from China to ETFs to firm culture.”
Schlarbaum brings 28+ years of investment experience to Rayliant, where he will lead the capital markets team, build the firm’s operational capabilities, monitor its trading health, and build strategic systems across the capital markets’ ecosystem, including with market makers and authorized participants. Schlarbaum will have direct responsibility for Rayliant’s global trading, as well as the design and implementation of its proprietary electronic trading algorithms to ensure the best possible portfolio execution for Rayliant’s investment strategies. Schlarbaum reports to Hsu, Rayliant’s Chief Investment Officer.
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