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The title ‘fund manager’ is a generic term and there are many aspects to it. However, to belong to any of the niche areas candidates will apply to be a ‘fund manager’ before specialising.
In principle, a fund manager is responsible for putting an investment strategy into practice. Once begun, the manager must oversee the investments over long periods of time, referred to as portfolio management.
The most common way of keeping track of investments is through monitoring the daily trading activities.
There are many types of fund manager who work in different fields. The main different bodies are:
Clients of fund managers want results, it is an industry driven by profit. The most successful will provide long term consistent performances opposed to short gains. Opposed to other forms of banking fund managers will be in constant contact with their clients. It a personal but business built arrangement.
Information and research is key to the success of a fund manager. They must know the markets in and out, predicting trends and making investments based on information never speculation. Investment funds are constructed to make money, so the profession is synonymous with high pressure and heavy competition.
Following the recession in 2008, fund managers are in high demand as the economy re-stabilises.