My alarm goes off…

And I hit snooze. A lot. I still somehow manage to make it to my desk for 8am most days though! What’s great about my morning is that I have a 40 minute train commute –  and I always get a seat – which is the perfect opportunity to catch up on emails and what’s happened in financial markets overnight.

I’m responsible for…

Keeping up to date with what’s happening in G10 countries, generating investment ideas and suggesting bond and currency trades for our retail bond portfolios. Employed by an asset management company, I’m working as a junior fund manager, which means that I am in training to become a lead or deputy bond portfolio manager. I have an area of the market that I concentrate on and I share my ideas with the fund managers in my team who may execute these views in their portfolios.

I got the job…

After being promoted from a fund manager assistant role in the same team.  I spent two and half years working on 16 retail bonds funds, for a team of 10 fund managers. The role was half compliance focused (making sure the fund managers were complying with their portfolio mandates) and half investment focused (assisting with research, blog writing etc). When the fund managers saw that I was becoming increasingly drawn to the investment side of the role, I was promoted to my current role as junior fund manager. Before that, I worked in counterparty credit risk and studied economics at Cambridge uni.

My typical day…

Consists of catching up on emails, monitoring portfolio positioning and keeping up what’s happening in the global bond and currency markets. I’ll often attend research meetings, speak to economists and strategists and read lots of investment research; the end goal being to form opinions and to make investment recommendations.

My most memorable work moment…

Is being sat in the front row of an IMF conference in Washington DC. For me, Central Bankers are my celebrities, and I’m a bit of a groupie. At the conference, I got to hear from a panel of speakers including Mark Carney, Wolfgang Schäuble and Christine Lagarde. I was in economic geek heaven.

The worst part of my job…

Is that I can never read all of the investment emails that I receive. The stream of information and research is endless, but decisions need to be made, sometimes quite quickly. It can also be frustrating that the amount of work you put in, is not directly proportional to what you get out. For example, you might do lots of work, only for your research to convince you that now is not the right time to put on a trade. Market responses can also be completely irrational at times and move against your investment view – but the silver lining means that this can result in a further compelling investment opportunity. It’s either a case of holding your nerve, or capitulating– both can be challenging.

The best part of my job…

Is that I’m employed do something that I would be doing even if it wasn’t my job; namely keeping up to date with global economics/politics and having an opinion. I work with a fantastic team of people who have been doing this a long time and who are only too happy to share their opinions and wisdom. I’m fortunate enough to be continually learning, every single day, from some of the most successful people in the industry.

After work…

I use my train journey to do some more reading, both work and non-work related. When I’m not reading, I like to catch up (ahem, drink lots of wine) with my fantastic friends (who are all ridiculously accomplished, inspiring people) and set the world to rights with my incredibly supportive best friend: my husband James.

My Plan B:

An independent book shop owner (although my husband recently reminded me that this plan didn’t end up so well for Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”), complete with cosy reading areas and a homemade cake counter. 

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