Rebecca Fender, CFA, is head of the Future of Finance initiative at CFA Institute, a long-term global effort to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking investment profession that better serves society. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Ms. Fender was a vice president at BlackRock working with pension funds and endowments, and she also worked at Cambridge Associates, where she published research about manager selection. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Future of Finance publications include From Trust to Loyalty: A Global Survey of What Investors Want, and Gender Diversity in Investment Management: New Research for Practitioners to Close the Gender Gap. Previously, Ms. Fender also served as the director of the flagship CFA Institute Annual Conference.
So how will millennials most influence finance in the next few years? For insight, we asked readers of CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief what they believe. Rebecca Fender, CFA, examines their response.
We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial Newsbrief whose recognition they valued the most when they accomplish something in their jobs. It turns out, hearing from a happy client or getting a compliment from firm leaders may go further than we think.
As investment professionals, we spend a lot of time honing our analytical skills and keeping up to date on the latest market developments. But the other role many of us play is that of a communicator, one who effectively explains to prospective clients why we will serve them well. This is a competitive business, so clients want to know what makes us different from the thousands of other investment firms out there.
Three practitioners offer some straightforward suggestions for changing the trajectory of the financial profession.
Question your assumptions and never underestimate the importance of culture, former Olympus CEO Michael Woodford told delegates at the 66th CFA Institute Annual Conference.
The country's boom has been fueled by government investment, said the professor of finance at Peking University's Guanghua School, and the current trajectory cannot continue.