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# Investment Management

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Joined: 16 Aug 2009
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09 Oct 2009, 09:31
I was wondering if anyone here works in or knows the investment management industry well?

I have a few questions below that I was wondering about. I apologize in advance if these have been answered in another past thread.

1) How open is the Investment Management industry to career switchers with no previous Finance background, no CFA progress, etc.?

2) Is there a heirarchy for how difficult it is to get into different firms? i.e. are Hedge Funds much more difficult to crack than Mutual Funds and large Asset Management firms like Capital Group/PIMCO? Is the selectivity during recruiting more a factor of assets under management than it is fund structure?

3) What are the differences in work environment, career progression, compensation between a) mutual funds / asset managers, b) hedge funds, and c) fund of funds?

4) What personality types and kinds of people thrive in this industry and really do well over the long-term?

5) What is investment management like if you're in the IM division of a big bank?

Anyone who can answer any of these questions -- feel free to chime in or PM me. Also, feel free to post any web links or documents you think may help me understand this industry.

Cheers.

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Posts: 1

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09 Oct 2009, 09:50
eminent wrote:
I was wondering if anyone here works in or knows the investment management industry well?

I have a few questions below that I was wondering about. I apologize in advance if these have been answered in another past thread.

1) How open is the Investment Management industry to career switchers with no previous Finance background, no CFA progress, etc.?

2) Is there a heirarchy for how difficult it is to get into different firms? i.e. are Hedge Funds much more difficult to crack than Mutual Funds and large Asset Management firms like Capital Group/PIMCO? Is the selectivity during recruiting more a factor of assets under management than it is fund structure?

3) What are the differences in work environment, career progression, compensation between a) mutual funds / asset managers, b) hedge funds, and c) fund of funds?

4) What personality types and kinds of people thrive in this industry and really do well over the long-term?

5) What is investment management like if you're in the IM division of a big bank?

Anyone who can answer any of these questions -- feel free to chime in or PM me. Also, feel free to post any web links or documents you think may help me understand this industry.

Cheers.

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Joined: 07 Dec 2008
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Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.41

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09 Oct 2009, 13:09
Please post the answers publicly if possible as I am also curious...

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Location: New York
WE 1: Information Technology (9 yrs)

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23 Oct 2009, 09:17
I agree .. Great Questions .. and good thread ! But we need some answers

Have a couple questions of my own.

How tough is it to get into Buy Side Equity Research straight off the bat after an MBA as opposed to Sell Side Equity Research ?

Typically, how long do people work at that position before moving on to a Senior Analyst / Portfolio Manager Associate Position ?

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06 Nov 2009, 11:08
Dang, I have been checking this thread often hoping for some insight.

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23 Feb 2010, 08:34
bumpity bump. I am wondering as well.

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Current Student
Joined: 05 Nov 2009
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Location: Toronto
Schools: Oxford

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23 Feb 2010, 08:46
best-route-to-investment-management-89152.html
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Oxford Round 1 - interview invite 10/30/09, admit 12/11/09, ATTENDING 2010

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Joined: 03 Feb 2010
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25 Feb 2010, 20:40
eminent wrote:
I was wondering if anyone here works in or knows the investment management industry well?

I have a few questions below that I was wondering about. I apologize in advance if these have been answered in another past thread.

1) How open is the Investment Management industry to career switchers with no previous Finance background, no CFA progress, etc.?

2) Is there a heirarchy for how difficult it is to get into different firms? i.e. are Hedge Funds much more difficult to crack than Mutual Funds and large Asset Management firms like Capital Group/PIMCO? Is the selectivity during recruiting more a factor of assets under management than it is fund structure?

3) What are the differences in work environment, career progression, compensation between a) mutual funds / asset managers, b) hedge funds, and c) fund of funds?

4) What personality types and kinds of people thrive in this industry and really do well over the long-term?

5) What is investment management like if you're in the IM division of a big bank?

Anyone who can answer any of these questions -- feel free to chime in or PM me. Also, feel free to post any web links or documents you think may help me understand this industry.

Cheers.

some excellent questions that i'm curious about myself

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Re: Investment Management   [#permalink] 25 Feb 2010, 20:40
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