Asset Management


The basics

Also known as fund management, wealth managementand investment management. They are normally divisions in banks, or else boutique dedicated firms. Individual funds compete to attract investors by investing and divesting money over diverse portfolios.

Find out more

  • Keep up to date with eFinancialCareers for news  about Asset Management

  • See the CFA Society website for qualificationsprofessionals normally have to take while training: the IMC and CFA.

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Routes in

Graduate training schemes and internships

Internships are a good way to gain experience in asset management. Not only will you gain an understanding of the day to day roles, but you will make essential contacts and may even be fast tracked to their graduate training scheme. Apply for a banking internship for experience in the sector - applications normally close in December or January each year for the summer vacation.

Search LSE CareerHub for asset management internships and graduate schemes. Some graduate recruiters are listed below:

Get experience

Get involved in LSE's Investment Society to boost your CV. 

The competitive nature of internships means that obtaining other experience is important, though not essential.

Apply for a job

Most asset management graduate schemes are open for applications from September to November - boutique firms tend to have later deadlines.

  • Browse LSE CareerHub for upcoming events on the banking industry - particularly in Michaelmas term - and full and part time vacancies

Job roles

Investment fund manager

Use information produced by investment analysts to make financial decisions about buying, selling and capitalising on shares, bonds, property, commodities, equities and trusts. They liaise with company managers (whether in house or working for a client) to discuss options. They also conduct research and analyse complex financial reports and information and maintain their sector knowledge through market studies. Positions can be entered by students with 2:1 or above.

Analysts/ Research assistants

Research and analyse information about companies and financial options to present to fund managers and associates to help make informed decisions for clients. They will also create effective models and conduct administrative tasks. They may specialise by type of security, region or industry. They differ to analysts at an investment bank as they concentrate on investment analysis for the firm, whereas in an investment bank they would create detailed reports to inform the buy side and the client.

Portfolio manager assistants

Answerable to the portfolio manager the assistant is responsible for assessing potential investments and ensuring the stability of the portfolio, liaising with clients whilst supporting the portfolio manager.

Portfolio manager

Investing money on behalf of their clients, the portfolio manager will use the information and research conducted by their assistant or an analyst to make informed investment decisions. This is a buy-side position. They will generally have a degree such as an MBA or PhD. Some asset management firms may consider masters students with experience.

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