We recommend Citywire’s Secret CIO series.
The most recent of these is: https://citywire.co.uk/wealth-manager/news/the-secret-cio-when-i-would-avoid-a-fund-manager/a1038826?re=48333&ea=496874&utm_source=BulkEmail_WM_Daily_PM&utm_medium=BulkEmail_WM_Daily_PM&utm_campaign=BulkEmail_WM_Daily_PM
The article expands on key questions in the fund manager selection process – a process AssetQ supports by taking on the heavy lifting, enabling the fund manager interview to maximise the effort from both interviewer and fund manager. For example, AssetQ
- distinguishes between the members of the team that perform analysis and those that actually make the investment decisions so that analysis can go beyond ‘clients like to see big teams’
- assesses whether adherence to the investment process is monitored (or whether the investment process is a marketing document that is “not a true reflection of how decisions get made”, representing “some Platonic ideal of how it might work given all the resources the firm has”)
The analysts skills in a fund manager interview can then focus on other key questions e.g
- Do I understand where ‘the magic happens’ and a decision gets made?
- Can I share the passion and commitment to positions when they are explained to me, i.e. do I feel they make enough sense that if they go wrong, I can still see that the reasoning at the time was sensible?
Another article in the Secret CIO series is: https://citywire.co.uk/wealth-manager/news/secret-cio-the-good-bad-and-ugly-of-fund-management/a1036796?section=wealth-manager