54Eric Fong

Eric Fong

Investment Analyst, Ellerston Capital

MSc in Finance, 2013

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

LSE has always been reputed for its development of future leaders who have proceeded to make invaluable contributions in the areas of Finance and Business. The prospect of making many new friends was always exciting, but doubly so when it involved the development of strong relationships with people of similar passion and ambitions.

MSc Finance provided an opportunity to specialise in the area of Finance and this course was highly relevant to my career aspiration. Courses were taught by internationally renowned academics and the course contents were clearly of an advanced calibre.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

I could not speak more highly of my LSE experience - the rigorous yet rewarding course content, personally and professionally satisfying relationship with my fellow classmates, as well as the vibrant lifestyle of London.

Please describe your career path to date:

Upon graduating from the LSE, I accepted an offer from Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an equity research analyst, specialising in Healthcare, Infrastructure and Transport. My LSE experience (FM414 Cases in Corporate Finance, FM407 Applied Financial Valuation) had equipped me with the technical knowledge in company valuation, report writing as well as communication. After spending 2.5 years in this particular role, I made a switch to buyside fund management where I am responsible for looking at Asian equities.

Why did you choose your current job?

I have always had a strong passion in financial markets and has been a retail investor since I was young. The satisfaction of understanding different companies and the ability of making an impact on investors’ portfolios are my key reasons for choosing this career path.

Tell us about your current job:

My current role involves making investment decision on publicly listed equities in the Asian markets. The key tasks are conducting industry research, building financial models, communicating with corporate, attending investor conferences, and writing investment cases.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

LSE has a comprehensive alumni network which has proven to be instrumental to my career to date. I would strongly recommend you to make an effort to meet as many people as you can - as this would be personally satisfying and professionally rewarding.

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