Gus (Angus) Watson, CFA
What are some of your career highlights so far?
- At Meridian, being a (small) part of the team that delivered the new Brooklyn wind turbine in Wellington
- At Contact, helping develop a sustainability-linked loan with Westpac
- At Sharesies, providing our retail customers access to IPOs and placements
What do you like most about your job?
My company has a purpose that I believe in – every day I get to put my energy into creating the most financially empowered generation. I find this really rewarding.
What are your interests outside work?
I really love getting out into the bush and exploring. In particular, I am mad-keen on a sport called “rogaining”. This sport (which is unrelated to hair loss treatment) is akin to an adults’ treasure hunt. You are provided with a map that has checkpoints on it, and you have a set time (1, 3, 12 or even 24 hours) to find as many of these checkpoints as you can (they are often hidden in the bush). For me rogaining is such a great balance between fresh air, competition and adventure.
Can you recommend some good listening, reading and/or viewing?
I’m a big fan of Chamath Palihapitiya – really enjoyed this podcast in particular
Make a prediction for 2025
Median house price in Auckland will have just nudged past $2M, and commentators will still be saying that we “have now missed the opportunity to implement a capital gains tax”