What does an Asset Manager do?
An Asset Manager is employed by a financial firm to oversee the management of client portfolios. Asset Managers develop their client’s assets into a sustainable portfolio that can produce wealth in the future. They deal with assets such as property, investments and pension funds. Asset Managers can work with large companies, or can be responsible for a variety of smaller individual or small business portfolios.
Asset Manager skills and qualifications
Asset Managers need expert knowledge of financial principles, markets and tools, alongside the practical skills to put those principles into action to grow the portfolios of their clients. Asset Managers also need excellent analytical and communication skills and recognised financial qualifications. A successful Asset Manager candidate will also have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that include:
- Ability to use trading platforms and other financial software to keep track of portfolios
- Ability to analyse and understand financial markets, including FTSE 100 and stock exchanges
- Ability to analyse portfolio growth and present detailed analysis and forecasts to management and clients
- Expert understanding of tax implications in regards to earning money through investments
- Expert knowledge of different bank accounts, funds and pensions
- Ability to communicate complex financial data and numbers in a simpler format
- Up-to-date understanding of the rules and regulations imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
- Qualifications from industry recognised bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment or the Chartered Financial Analyst Society
Asset Manager experience requirements
The level of experience required by an Asset Manager depends mostly on the size or importance of the portfolios they manage. Employers may hire entry-level Asset Managers with limited direct asset management experience to handle small portfolios and gain experience. Employers can also look for entry-level candidates who have gained work experience at financial institutions or banks. For multi-million pound portfolios, employers look for Asset Managers with three or more years of experience working in financial markets.
Asset Manager education and training requirements
Asset Managers require strong results in maths and English at GCSE and A-level. Employers look for applicants who hold a degree, with subjects such as maths, business and economics. However, employers prefer candidates with a postgraduate business degree who can demonstrate a sound understanding of financial tools and markets gained through further education.
Asset Manager salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for an Asset Manager in the UK is £47,887 per year. Salary may be dependent on experience, location and company.
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