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Key Takeaways: Many investors believe in hiring portfolio managers to create and manage portfolios on their behalf. Portfolio managers help people and institutions plan their investments intelligently and help them enhance the value of their investments over time. Should you be reaching out to a portfolio manager? Read on to find out.
Portfolio managers build and manage investment allocations for their clients. - They may also work as per predetermined investment strategies that they devise to achieve the client's financial objectives.
Portfolio managers are responsible for the following:
Individuals usually make smaller investments and have shorter, more specific time horizons. On the other hand, institutions make larger investments and have a longer time horizon to remain invested. The portfolio manager's job is to communicate with each client to understand their investment horizon, desired returns and appetite to take risks.
A portfolio manager interacts with clients before deciding the most most suitable asset classes for them. For instance: equities, bonds, real estate, private equity, etc. They try to create a portfolio with a good balance of securities that can yield good returns while mitigating investment risks.
A portfolio manager strategically allocates assets depending on the customer’s risk appetite. For instance: A portfolio can be 60% equities and 40% bonds, for investors who wish to create a balance between risks and returns. Another portfolio may comprise 80% assets allocated in equites, and 20% ind debt, if the investor wants aggressive returns and is comfortable risking the investment. Yet another investor may invest 80% in debt instruments generating steady returns, with only 20% assets allocated towards equities. There may be situations in which the portfolio manager may need to rebalance the asset ratios to achieve their client’s financial objectives.
Portfolio managers may opt to apply both strategies in a single portfolio. However, it cannot be at the same time as both approaches are contrasting investment philosophies.
Assigning weights to asset classes also allows the Portfolio Manager to bring under control the following:
The performance of a portfolio is measured using what is called the CAPM (Capital Asset Pricing Model) model. The CAPM performance measures can be derived using a regression of excess portfolio return on excess market return. This will help arrive at the systematic risk (β), the value-added expected return of the portfolio (α)and the residual risk. In simpler terms, the returns on the portfolio are measured against the returns of the market in the same time period.
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Portfolio managers specialise in different areas of investing. They are:
Portfolio managers typically make investments based on the amount of assets or funds clients can allocate. They typically aim to allocate assets in a way that diversifies the investment, while generating maximum returns and mitigating risks.
All portfolio managers are responsible for managing assets like mutual funds, institutional funds, hedge funds, pension and trust funds, commodity and high net worth investment pools, etc.
Portfolio managers can also specialise in different investing styles or hedging techniques, growth or value management, management by market capitalisation (large-cap, small-cap, etc.), domestic and international fund investing, etc.
Portfolio managers are required to take important decisions and analyse several reports every day. There are many skills that they must have:
Portfolio managers have exceptional data interpretation skills coupled with an ability to conduct and understand high-quality financial research. They use their remarkable communication skills -to deliver strong portfolio performance for their customers. If you are looking for ways to grow your wealth over time, a portfolio manager could offer a proven and reliable way to do so.
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