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Aviva Investors

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Baylee Wakefield

Multi Assets & Macro

My role in Multi-asset and Macro involves problem solving, continuous learning and professional development. I provide fund managers with detailed market and risk analysis so that they can make informed decisions and suitably position their portfolios. There’s no such thing as a typical day in asset management; every day involves new challenges and new opportunities.

My day starts with the Liquid Markets Morning Meeting at 8:30am. This is where analysts and fund managers update the various teams across the business (Multi-asset and Macro, Equity and Credit teams) on company specific news and global news headlines. This is followed by discussion on how the new information will impact our funds. It’s a good opportunity to hear a variety of opinions across teams, but to also keep on top of what is happening across financial markets. Fund managers also use this time to explain the changes that they are making to their funds and to update the wider team on work that they have been doing.

One part of my role that I particularly enjoy is research, whether that be reading about what’s happening in the world, analysing economic data releases or developing my own opinions on future trends. We have meetings with external speakers and research houses to challenge and further develop our ideas. I then aggregate this information in my own projects, developing new trade ideas for the fund managers to potentially use. Over the past year I have been focussing on developing our views in equity sectors.

My analyst role involves portfolio construction, which involves assessing different ways to look at our funds. I also analyse our fund positioning, identifying the factors our trades are currently exposed to and the potential drivers of returns. I spend time developing and updating the models that we use in our monthly Asset Allocation Committee meetings, where we decide on what asset classes we currently see value in.

In the evenings, I can either be found working towards my next qualification or socialising with the other graduates. Over the last year I have passed IMC units 1 and 2 and CFA level 1, which have all been really helpful in accelerating my learning, building on the fundamental knowledge that I have developed working closely with industry experts and the practical experience I have obtained.

Overall, I’m thoroughly enjoying being in a role where I have a wide range of opportunities, interacting with so many different parts of the business, working with stimulating people and always learning.