Investment Management Industry Insight: Dimensional Fund Advisors

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October 28, 2015 by texasbbacareerservices

IIblog2DFARachel_NavonName: Rachel Navon
Major: Finance; Grad Year: 2015
Job Title: Associate in Financial Advisor Services
Company name: Dimensional Fund Advisors
Industry: Investment Management
Opportunities: Full-time and internship roles available at careers.dimensional.com (Check OCR in Spring 2016 for postings and on-campus involvement)
M
ajors you recruit: All majors

Working in the investment management industry is extremely exciting because it gives you the opportunity to learn about the financial markets. Specifically, working at Dimensional is unique because we view markets differently. We believe that markets are efficient and prices are fair. The way we view markets allows us to be flexible and patient in our implementation strategy, which gives us the power to reduce costs for our clients. I enjoy working in this industry because I get to see first-hand how we help people develop and execute smart investment decisions. We work with financial advisors to educate them about our investment philosophy, and they in turn are able to relay our message to their end-clients.

Lately, the market has been experiencing a turn for the worse, and it’s incredible to see how we are still able to have a positive impact on the way people invest due to our unique investment philosophy.

Additionally, working in the investment management industry is stimulating because it is always evolving with new research. When I was taking finance classes at McCombs I learned about the Efficient Markets Hypothesis and the Fama-French Three Factor Model. It has been so rewarding working at Dimensional because our firm is based on these academic ideas, and we continue to utilize leaders who have impacted modern finance, such as Eugene Fama and Kenneth French, as academic consultants. Being on the forefront of the research is exciting, but seeing the research being implemented into our investment philosophy is what makes us different.

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