Student speak- Financially inclined

Samrudhi Khanna > Third year, Bachelor of Financial Markets (BFM), Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai As a student, I was always in clined towards the commerce stream in general and finance in particular. Coming from a family of bankers and retail investors, I grew up watching financial markets news on a daily basis. The interest I developed in this field early on was the main reason for me to make a career in the same.
My interest in this field grew prior to the commencement of my undergraduate degree. Furthermore, my professional aspirations in the fields of equity analysis and investment management made me opt for a BFM degree. While all courses have unique advantages, BFM, in particular, is gaining huge popularity among students. This is because Indian markets are volatile and our economy is developing like never before. The demand for professionals in this field is increasing as is the awareness about it among the retail investment crowd.

As part of the course, among the many modules that a student is trained in are principles of investment, debt market, equity market, foreign exchange market, derivative market, portfolio management, risk management, commodity market, economics (micro and macro), corporate finance, global capital market, mutual fund management, security analysis, etc.

Internships play an important role in the course. Last summer, I interned in the credit analysis department of a financial consultancy. It was a pragmatic experience and an eye-opener. That was my first reallife stint in the finance industry and I learned a lot.

I also worked on a 12-week mock stock exchange project. We were divided into teams and were given a script of listed companies. We conducted weekly trades and created a detailed report of the analysis for the buyingselling decisions we took.This project was what gave us an actual insight into analysis -both fundamental and technical.

The course opens up opportunities in various finance and allied fields like financial research analysis, market analysis (all domains like equity, debt etc), mutual fund management, asset management, portfolio management, wealth management, investment banking, insurance sector, financial operations analysis, etc.

 

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