Investment Fund Manager

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KEY SKILLS

  • Financial affairs

  • Analytical

  • Methodical

  • Ability to thrive in pressured environments

  • Decision-Making

  • Ability to liaise effectively with clients and other organizations

  • Confidence

  • Team player

  • Organized and deadline-efficient

  • Computer literate

  • Administration

  • Business

  • Finance

  • Financial services

  • Management

  • Accounting 

  • Writing skills

PROS

  • The potential for a high income is strong

  • If you can surpass the hurdles of gaining entry, then the potential for growth that points forward is excellent

  • You learn a lot about investment that can be put to good use

  • There is a massive diversity when it comes to investing in funds and you get to understand it

CONS

  • The workplace is typically a hectic one

  • It is a fast-paced and stressful job

  • Success will never be consistent; there will be good years and bad years

  • You can lose a lots of money and you have to be answerable to people

  • The work-life balance is quite tricky

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Companies

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • Investment

  • Bank

  • Stock Market

  • Life Assurance Companies

  • Stockbrokers

  • You would be interested in specializing in a particular geographical market, industry or asset class

  • You have liaised with investment analysts and salespeople

  • You can research markets and apply findings from investment analysts

  • You prefer using statistical methods to obtain, interpret and present information

  • You know how to dead and manage clients; meeting investors to discuss investment strategies

  • You can assess the financial value of goods, buildings or services

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Humanly, Outperformance Not Possible

 Fund managers suffer from trying to consistently and continuously outperform the markets which is humanly not possible for the whole group. The fact of the matter is that most people have no reason whatsoever to believe that they can pick winning stocks or time the markets. Their success at it would be like throwing darts at the financial pages.

  • Success Linked to ‘AUM’ and Not ‘Returns’

This is a sad reality of the fund management industry. There is no strict alignment in the interest of the fund manager and the investor. Return is the prime objective of the investor while garnering larger assets under management (AUMs) is the prime objective of the fund manager. For the investor, an MF scheme earns him money from his investment while, for the fund manager, earnings are linked to the AUMs he manages. Yes, of course, if a scheme performs well, it would be able to garner more assets and, thus, earn more return for the fund manager. However, notwithstanding this, the fact is that, in their quest of garnering more assets, MF schemes end up with dubious practices, such as pushing more schemes in a bull market or wrong kinds of products to take advantage of savers’ lack of knowledge.

  • Cannot Practise What They Preach

A fund manager will educate an investor to be patient with equities as they constitute ownership of a business which creates wealth over the long term. But are they themselves able to actually follow what they preach? May be not always. This is because the net asset value (NAV) of the scheme is declared on a daily basis and their performance is measured on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. If the fund manager were to follow his brain and do the right investments, his heart would bleed as he loses AUMs and, probably, his job.

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