Resources for learning Asset Management: from beginners to advanced

Entering the asset management business was a struggle for me, obviously. As a journalist who wrote mainly on social and publishing topics, economic and business areas rarely concerned me. However, as I applied to meliorate, I knew I would learn a lot in the short term. Of course, my colleagues helped me through the basics of asset management, but additional education was necessary. I would like to share sources that were really helpful for me to learn asset management from beginner to advanced level. Not that I proclaim myself as a professional, but some of the readings were more proficient for my understanding.

First of all, familiarizing with critical concepts can be done through various web resources such as Asset Matrix or Lazard Asset Management. Both of the resources are investing consultants and outsourcing professionals. The former is more suitable for beginners. I highly recommend reading their article on Asset Management definition, how it is applied and its values. As a complete rookie, it was a fresh air breeze for me since most resources presented asset management professionally. In turn, Lazard Asset Management is more of an advanced website that publishes asset management articles such as case studies. Still, I examined these resources in my first week at meliorate not only to familiarize myself with critical concepts but also to inspire and search for blog ideas. Hence, I believe both beginners and people with expertise can find something compelling about these resources.

Secondly, I also have several book recommendations that may be valuable in asset management research. First and foremost, it is “Pyramid Principle: Logic in writing and thinking” by Barbara Minto. It does not relate to asset management straightforwardly, but it develops clear and coherent thinking that is an essential tool for future asset management professionals. Another book that is more economic literature is “The Basics of Financial Econometrics: Tools, Concepts, and Asset Management Applications” by Frank Fabozzi et al. No secret it was a hard reading for me not due to the writing style but due to the topic generally, which I cannot read in Ukrainian as well. However, this book does not have mathematical formulas that confuse me as a humanitarian sciences lover. It also includes valuable knowledge about economic and investment milestones and the role of an asset in management in it. That is all of the business literature I read. I find it quite confusing to learn such complex from books because they are usually not evident of practical applications. 

Finally, I could not skip the “Assets” magazine of the Institute of Asset Management. I have known about this magazine since my first working days. Still, I’ve never researched the articles, considering them too difficult for me in technical stuff. Well, it was true. However, after recent events in my work, wink ; ), I found it compulsory to familiarize myself with the journal. They publish the main articles from each issue in free access, which are pretty challenging for me, as a beginner, but captivating to read. I appreciate that most articles are illustrative and evident due to case studies and vivid examples, helping me under the topic more profoundly. In my opinion, the “Assets” journal is still reading for more advanced asset management professionals, but everyone, like me, can find something interesting in its issues. 

In conclusion, asset management is a complicated business and economic area, but it is also super compelling. I love examining it and finding applications in my routine life. Oliver Förster, actually pushed me to this, demonstrating that everybody in the world does asset management. Everybody has their priorities and values they want to enhance and reduce risks. These readings provided me with essential self-development tools I apply in my personal and professional lives.

Iryna Nykoriak

Published 23.09.2022

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