Antonio Girardi is President of GRD Advisors Ltd. (“GRD”) and founded the firm with the primary objective of developing proprietary investment strategies. Antonio began his career as an Associate Portfolio Manager (“APM”) within Toronto-Dominion Bank’s (“TD”) discretionary investment management arm, TD Private Investment Counsel (“TD PIC”). Antonio was one of two individuals selected at the national level to participate within TD PIC’s APM Training Program and upon satisfying the Ontario Securities Commission licensing requirements, he assumed responsibility of managing individual, corporate, and non-profit investment portfolios.
In 2008, Antonio joined one of Canada’s major pension plans. Working closely with the investment management and senior executive teams, Antonio worked on various business and investment initiatives, including Collateral Management and Securities Lending, Risk Management, and Quantitative Analysis. Having gained a deep understanding of the complex world of institutional investment management and having completed a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management, Antonio left HOOPP to develop proprietary strategies that focus on the short term nature of risk.
Antonio is a senior investment professional with advanced knowledge and direct experience with trading and portfolio management, exotic and structured fixed income and equity derivatives, advanced institutional investment strategies, spot and futures markets, and risk management. His advanced skill set in bridging the gap between theoretical frameworks and pragmatic risk and investment strategies allows him to excel at original idea generation and conceptual design. His cross discipline expertise with credit default swaps (single name, tranche, and indices), counter-party risk, equity and interest rate derivatives, and the collateral management function required to support OTC derivative positions, provides him with a deep knowledge of market structure. Antonio has knowledge and experience across statistical, analytical, and simulation approaches for investment and risk modelling.
Antonio holds a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a specialization in Finance, from Ryerson University. He is a CFA charterholder and also holds various designations from the Canadian Securities Institute.