Alina has a first class undergraduate degree in Financial Economics from the University of Leicester and is studying towards an IMC qualification. When not immersed in the world of finance, Alina can be found lost in a different universe accessed through her book collection, or Bollywood movies.
Which famous person would you most like to swap places with for the day?
Donald Trump because it would not only be insightful to dig deep into the mind of the President of the world’s biggest economy, but also to see what motivates some of his absurd decisions. Being in such a powerful position, I could also put into motion actions which may alleviate some of the distresses around the world.
What book should everybody read in their lifetime?
The Alchemist because it teaches you many important lessons about life. It teaches you to pursue your dreams and follow your heart, to never lose hope when faced with adversity and to focus on your own journey, disregarding the influences of society. But above all ‘The Alchemist’ teaches you to that sometimes the simplest things in life are the most extraordinary.
Active or passive?
A blend of both because some markets are simply too advanced and complex to be able to deliver sufficient alpha generated returns, in such cases passive strategies are more suitable. For example, US equity funds often find it difficult to beat the S&P 500 index, in which case a tracker of the index is more suitable.
Who is your favourite fund manager?
Keith Ashworth-Lord because simply put, he invests like the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett. Fund managers often claim to have a unique approach to investing – a secret recipe that will guarantee they beat the stock market, outperform any rival and deliver the best returns. Keith Ashworth-Lord does no such thing and has still managed to deliver outstanding returns.
What sector do you find the most interesting?
Global Emerging Markets because they are the hidden gems of the investment world. Cautious investors avoid the region because of the imminent risk, however, with the appropriate degree of analysis I believe the true diamonds of the region can be unveiled and investing in them can provide substantial returns.