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Career Guidebook for IT in Investment Management

Book Description

"Career Guidebook for IT in Investment Management" is a complete handbook that provides a guideline to careers in Investment Management(Asset Management) IT. The idea behind the publication is to introduce IT professionals to the career paths in this sector of the financial services industry. The chapters in the book cover the following topics: overview of the business of Investment Management; business divisions of Investment Management that utilise IT professionals; types of IT careers in Investment Management; IT contract vs. permanent positions; skill needed for a career in Investment Management IT; issues with types of technology used in the industry; the future of IT careers in Investment Management; and much more. "Career Guidebook for IT in Investment Management" is an invaluable reference handbook for IT professionals. It is also useful for both undergraduate and graduate students in Information Technology - related degree programmes. This is another publication in the "Bizle Professional Series".

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Preface
  3. 1. Overview of Investment Management
    1. What is Investment Management?
    2. Definition of Investment Management
    3. Difference between Investment Managers and Custodians
    4. The Business of Investment Management
    5. Buy Side vs Sell Side
    6. Revenue Streams of Investment Management Firms
    7. Boutique Investment Management Firms
      1. Typical Profiles for Boutiques
        1. Bruno Bizle Management
        2. Bizlong Asset Management
        3. Ess Capital Partners
        4. BizWest Asset Management
    8. Technology in Today’s Investment Management Landscape
  4. 2. Snapshot of the Main Activities of Investment Management Firms
    1. Introduction
    2. Types of Fund
    3. Staff of the Investment Management Firms
    4. Types of Fund Manager Positions
    5. A Day in the Life of a Fund Manager
    6. Major Investors
  5. 3. Overview of Asset Classes
    1. Introduction
    2. Types of Asset Classes
      1. Equities (Stock)
        1. Features of equities
        2. Types of equities
      2. Fixed Income
        1. What is a bond?
      3. Real Estate (Property)
        1. Definition of real estate
  6. 4. Snapshot of Investment Management since the Credit Crisis
    1. Introduction
    2. A Recap of the Cause of the Recent Global Financial Crisis
      1. Securitisation and Financial Innovation
      2. The Beginning of the Crisis
      3. Writedowns
      4. Chaos
    3. Impact of the Credit Crisis on Investment Management Firms
    4. Impact on IT Careers in Investment Management Firms
  7. 5. Career Paths in Investment Management IT
    1. Introduction
      1. Chief Information Officer
      2. Team Management
        1. Typical description for a manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a manager
      3. Business Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a business analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a business analyst
      4. Systems Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a systems analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a systems analyst
      5. Database Administrator (DBA)
        1. Typical job description for a DBA
        2. Ideal skillset for a DBA
      6. Project Manager (PM)
        1. Typical job description for a PM
        2. Ideal skillset for a PM
      7. Test Analyst
        1. Typical Job Description for a Test Analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a test analyst
      8. Systems Architect
        1. Typical job description for a systems architect
        2. Ideal skillset for a system architect
      9. Application Developer
        1. Typical job description for an application developer
        2. Ideal skillset for an application developer
      10. Release Manager
        1. Typical job description for a release manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a release manager
      11. Quality Assurance Managers
        1. Typical job description for a quality assurance manager
        2. Ideal skillset for a quality assurance manager
      12. Helpdesk Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a helpdesk analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a helpdesk analyst
      13. Technical Support Analyst
        1. Typical job description for a technical support analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for a technical support analyst
      14. Web Designer/Developer
        1. Typical job description for a web designer/developer
        2. Ideal skillset for a web designer/developer
      15. IT/Information Security Analyst
        1. Typical job description for an IT/information security analyst
        2. Ideal skillset for an IT/information security analyst
    2. Contracting vs Permanent Debate
      1. Remuneration
      2. Cultural Fit
      3. Multiskilling
      4. Training
      5. Career Progression
    3. The Qualifications Debate
    4. Comparative Pay Structure
  8. 6. Tasks in Investment Management IT
    1. Introduction
    2. The Four Phases of IT/Business Alignment
      1. Phase 1
      2. Phase 2
      3. Phase 3
      4. Phase 4
    3. Evolving Tasks in IT
    4. Case Study
    5. Conclusion
  9. 7. Tips for Applying for that Dream Investment Management IT Job
    1. Introduction
    2. Skills Sought
    3. Graduate Training Schemes
      1. Classroom Training
      2. Rotations and On-the-Job Training
      3. Professional Development
    4. Differentiation Techniques when Applying for IT Jobs
    5. Top Interview Tips
      1. What to Do
      2. What Not to Do
      3. Male
      4. Female
    6. Typical Interview Questions and Answers
      1. Bruno Wilson Asset Management
      2. Gregory Fitch Capital
  10. 8. Future of IT in Investment Management Firms
    1. Introduction
    2. The Future of Investment Management
    3. How Does the Above affect Careers in Investment Management IT?
    4. Conclusion
  11. Appendices
    1. Useful Websites
    2. Specialist Recruitment Agencies
  12. Other Titles in the Bizle Professional Series
  13. About Essvale Corporation Limited
  14. About the Bizle Brand