Hai Xin is based in Hong Kong, and has run his own currency risk management consultancy company, Haxius Consulting, since 2012.
Previously, he had been a managing director and head of the Asia-Pacific region at Overlay Asset Management and a currency specialist with BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Prior to that, Xin worked at UBS Investment Bank (and for Swiss Bank Corporation, SBC Warburg, SBC Warburg Dillon Read, Warburg Dillon Read, and UBS Warburg) in a variety of positions: financial engineer within the foreign exchange division, advising corporations and institutional investors on currency hedging and investment issues; ‘permanent insider’ within the corporate finance division, advising on currency risk management in cross-border merger and acquisition transactions; originator within the equity capital markets group, dealing with Hong Kong and overseas initial public offerings, as well as equity block trades by mainland Chinese companies. Prior to joining UBS, he worked as a treasury researcher at AstraZeneca and as a relief producer for various current affairs programmes at the BBC World Service. Before leaving for Hong Kong, Xin had also opened his own tofu factory based in the UK.
Xin obtained his PhD in quantitative finance from Imperial College, London, and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics. His bachelor’s degree was in information science, from the University of Science and Technology of China.
Xin has been a visiting scholar of the department of finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 2010, lecturing on statistics as well as investment banking.
Xin published Currency Overlay: A Practical Guide (2nd edition) with Risk Books in 2011, as well as writing three other finance and investment books, aimed at the lay reader in China. One is a general introduction to finance and investment, and the other two are about quantitative investment and high-frequency trading respectively.