Martino reflects on the evolution of the investment industry, Merton Miller’s influence on her approach, and more.
- By January 10, 2017
“When I presented to an investment committee, they were typically going to see five or six managers in a day. After I had my degree from U of C, people would put down their pens, take off their glasses, and actually look me in the eye and listen to me. ”
How does your Booth background help you navigate complexity?
Booth gives you the underlying quantitative support to look at the data presented and understand the risks. I especially enjoyed Merton Miller’s course on finance because I thought he was incredibly gifted at explaining complex topics in very simple ways.
Over the majority of my career I’ve had to spend a lot of time and energy explaining our approach. Often, I needed to explain difficult concepts that I could spend four hours on in just 20 minutes and in a way that was easily digestible and memorable. I not only wanted to land the client but also to retain them as an investor for the next 10 or 20 years, so I wanted them to understand why our form of investing was appropriate for their portfolios.
Why has the industry kept your interest?
I went into finance because I thought it would enable me to have lifelong learning. Intellectually it was always intriguing, and that remains true today. On a daily basis, I’m learning about new trading strategies and meeting individuals who are executing interesting global strategies.
What has been the long-term value of a Booth degree?
My career was examining complex trading strategies being executed in hedge fund firms. Booth’s quantitative framework was a fabulous foundation for this work.
Also, importantly, having an education from Chicago was extremely meaningful for me as an entrepreneur trying to raise capital from outside investors. When I presented to an investment committee, they were typically going to see five or six managers in a day. After I had my degree from U of C, people would put down their pens, take off their glasses, and actually look me in the eye and listen to me.
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