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|Investment Fund Manager|
(thousands per year)*
30 - 90
Last Updated: March, 2013
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
Investment fund managers make the investment decisions to try to increase the value of a fund: where a group of people (shareholders) pool their savings to invest in financial assets, typically securities or shares.
Investment fund managers manage equity and fixed income funds, currency or property on behalf of clients who are looking for the greatest possible return on their investment.
Clients may include insurance policy holders, investors in insurance companies, holders of unit and investment trusts and contributors to pension funds. The amounts of money involved can be quite considerable and the responsibility is great as poor investments can lose clients' money.
The work involves developing and implementing effective fund investment policies and strategies. There is usually also an element of client service. Fund managers need to maintain a broad knowledge of the relevant investment markets.
There are also likely to be some staff management responsibilities.
The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation
|Manage investment funds to maximize return on client investments.|
|Select specific investments or investment mixes for purchase by an investment fund.|
|Analyze acquisitions to ensure conformance with strategic goals or regulatory requirements.|
|Select or direct the execution of trades.|
|Develop or implement fund investment policies or strategies.|
|Develop or direct development of offering documents or marketing materials.|
|Evaluate the potential of new product developments or market opportunities, according to factors such as business plans, technologies, or market potential.|
|Identify group or individual target investors for a specific fund.|
|Meet with investors to determine investment goals or to discuss investment strategies.|
|Monitor regulatory or tax law changes to ensure fund compliance or to capitalize on development opportunities.|
As an investment fund manager you should understand world business and financial affairs and be capable of evaluating complex financial information. You should have good judgement and decision-making skills, with financial knowledge and business experience. At all times, fund managers must be aware of trends and current activity in the financial market.
Investment fund managers must liaise effectively with clients and other organisations. This is a very image conscious occupation, as much of the work is based on confidence in individuals and the institutions they represent. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential for writing reports and negotiating with clients.
For many posts you would need supervisory skills for managing teams of people.
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