Building a strong foundation: Technical skills aspiring investors need

Front-office investing roles require a strong foundation in technical expertise to effectively analyse financial data, make informed investment decisions, and manage portfolios. Whether you are aspiring to the buy or sell side of investing, mastering these technical skills is crucial for success. Below you will find key technical skills you need, ways to develop and sharpen these skills, and practical resources to help you excel in your pursuit of an investing career.

What is investment management?
Future IM/Pact
Reading time: 8 minutes

A great overview of the investment management industry, from the key players and fund types, to roles, essential skills, what to study, how to best position yourself for a front-office investing role, and why investment management is a great career path for women.

Essential skills for success in investment management
CFA Societies Australia
Reading time: 5 minutes

This article from CFA Societies Australia outlines four types of skills needed to success in an investment management career; technical, soft skills, leadership and T-Shaped skills. You can also download their Future of Work in Investment Management Report which identifies gaps between the supply and demand for skills and strategies for leveraging diversity of competencies to build a thriving investment management industry. 

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What is financial modelling?
Future IM/Pact
Reading time: 3 minutes

Financial modelling is used to analyse various financial aspects of a business, such as its cash flow, revenue, expenses, profits, and valuation. It can also be used to analyse investments, capital budgeting, and other financial decisions. They are often created using spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel, which allows for complex calculations and data analysis. This article provides information, tips and resources to help you better understand and navigate financial modelling.

Tips to set yourself up for a career in investment management
Future IM/Pact

Starting a career in investment management takes time and a passion for learning. Traditionally, front-office investing roles required at least 2 years work experience, however many firms are now offering internships and graduate programs to attract the brightest young minds in the country. This article offers tips and ideas to best position yourself for an investing career.

How to prepare an Investment Thesis
Future IM/Pact
Reading time: 4 minutes

Preparing an investment thesis is a fantastic way to stand out in an investment management job interview. It demonstrates your curiosity, analytical skills, passion and understanding of markets and investment strategies, and it's a great way for you to confirm this is the career path for you. Read this article for guidance on how to write a great investment thesis.

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What is Python?
Future IM/Pact
Reading time: 2 minutes

Python is a high-level, interpreted programming language that is widely used in a variety of fields. It has become an essential tool in investment management, allowing investment managers to analyse data, optimise portfolios, manage risk, and execute trades efficiently. Its popularity in the industry continues to grow, as more investment managers adopt Python for their investment analysis. Read this article to understand more about this tool and how you can teach yourself Python from scratch.

Developing a solid foundation of technical skills is paramount when pursuing a career in front-office investing. The ability to analyse complex financial data, conduct thorough research, and make informed investment decisions is critical in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the investment industry. By mastering these essential skills, you will position yourself as a valuable asset in the competitive realm of front-office investing, opening doors to exciting opportunities and contributing to the success of investment teams. 


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