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What are the hours of someone working as an investment manager?

How do hours vary depending on seniority? How many hours does a more entry level work require compared to a more senior role? #finance #financial-services #investment-management #investing


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ted’s Answer

I am in portfolio management at a bank in an analyst role. To give you insight it depends on the role. I work 40 hours a week as I am not salary. However, there are some salary roles in investment banking that apparently work over 80 hours a week. So it really depends on the role and what are the expectations of the firm. Generally the rule of thumb is any associate who is salary can be expected to work more than 40 hours a week with out extra pay. However, it depends on the role and the company you work for how many hours you will work in a week.

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Husain’s Answer

To add further to what Christie mentioned, it may also depend on the domain of investment management you choose. The working hours vary from a portfolio manager to a wealth manager to a trader to a research analyst. In any asset management firm, you would start off with a research analyst role and move your way up.

Working hours may also depend on which markets you cover and the timezone you are located in. If you cover the Asian market which is GMT +5 on average or whether you cover the US markets which are GMT - 4.

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Christie’s Answer

An investment management firm typically has 'market' hours. Employees may get in early in the morning (typically 7-8 am, before markets open at 9 am), and can leave at around 6-7 pm (provided that they've completed pertinent tasks and may vary with individual companies).


Generally there isn't a drastic difference in the number of work hours between a junior employee vs. a senior manager, but this may also vary depending on firm culture and distribution of workload.


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