Investment Fund Managers

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Investment fund managers provide financial advice and services to private and corporate clients about a range of investment matters, including buying and selling investment trusts and shares or bonds, to help these clients invest their money in the best places.

Investment fund managers work very closely with investment analysts – fund managers make decisions about investments, while analysts provide them with financial information and recommendations that enable such decisions to be made.

Typical tasks include:

  • regularly meeting with investment analysts and company managers to discuss financial matters

  • researching companies

  • gathering information

  • reading financial briefings (often written by investment analysts)

  • making informed financial recommendations and decisions

  • keeping knowledge up-to-date about the UK economy, current financial news and financial markets

  • assessing and interpreting complicated financial information

  • liaising with clients.

Investment work provides high levels of responsibility, good promotional opportunities and impressive financial rewards for the most successful employees. The working hours may be less demanding than other investment roles but they are still long compared with other careers.


Qualifications and training required


This career is open to both graduates and school leavers. Graduates will need a 2.1 degree in any subject, though business studies, management, statistics, finance, mathematics, accounting or economics can be helpful, as can an MBA or similar professional qualification. Relevant paid or voluntary experience gained via job shadowing, vacation work and internships is particularly beneficial. Graduates normally enter the industry in investment analyst roles and move over to fund manager roles with experience.

School leavers can enter the profession via apprenticeships, and gain qualifications with a professional body to aid employability, starting with foundation-level qualifications.


Key skills for investment fund managers


  • Confidence

  • Determination

  • Self-motivation

  • Strong time management skills

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure

  • Good numerical and IT skills

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Teamworking skills

  • Keen interest in and understanding of financial markets

  • Communication skills.


Typical employers of investment fund managers


  • Investment banks

  • Investment and asset management companies

  • Stockbrokers

  • Insurance and life assurance companies

  • Banks


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