Getting through to the UK Investment Banking Series finals

By Brandon Rodrigues, third year BSc Finance & Investment Banking student at the ICMA Centre I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s UK Investment Banking Series (UIBS) event, and I must say it was a fun ride. UIBS is an annual competition organized by 5 finance societies of various universities. It consists of…

Still fretting about re-hypothecation

There is a widely quoted paper re-use and re-hypothecation by Egemen Eren — Intermediary Funding Liquidity and Rehypothecation as Determinants of Repo Haircuts and Interest Rates (Institute of Global Finance, 2015) — which provides another example of the danger for researchers of disregarding the difference between the re-use of collateral sold in repo (re-selling) and…

Academics, you re-hypothecate at your risk!

In a blog in May 2015, I tried to explain that, outside the US repo market, it was incorrect to use the term ‘re-hypothecation’ to describe the use of collateral purchased in a repo by its buyer. Such use is usually termed ‘re-use’ but would be better called ‘re-sale’. The crux of the matter is…

My unforgettable first week in a brand new environment 

By Xuefei Zhu, China, MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking When I first arrived in the UK, almost everything was new to me. I came from China to study here and it was my first time studying in a new country. But despite that I had an amazing first week, and several things impressed me…

Career switch: From International Relations to a Masters in Finance

My name is Martin and I’ve just started studying MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking at the ICMA Centre, part of Henley Business School. Making the switch I previously studied European Studies and International Relations but (as many people do) I decided that I needed a career change. Even though I don’t have an academic…

Kind of a big deal: AT&T and Time Warner acquisition

– by Nikolaos Antypas, ICMA Centre PhD student There is a major acquisition in the making, which may have dominated your business news stream: AT&T (2nd largest mobile network provider in the U.S.; acquirer) has reached an agreement with Time Warner (4th largest content provider in the U.S.; target; also, Na na, Na na Na…

3 tips for getting a career in Finance – by alumnus Ben Deverell

My name is Ben Deverell, and I’m a career commercial banker with roles spanning operations, risk, strategy and business management. I’m currently a senior member of our Financial Institutions business, supporting clients with their financing, investment, risk management and banking needs. To any current students looking to start a career in finance: the financial industry is a great place to work and I…

FUND RATING – by ICMA Centre alumnus Steve Gruppetta

Steve Gruppetta studied MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking at the ICMA Centre, and is now a finance professional and a consultant within EY’s Transaction Advisory Services after joining the practice from the asset management industry.  What if we rate investment funds? “Steve, this supposedly well-managed fund is losing money! My financial planner said it…

Careers in finance: 5 tips from Reading alumni Richard Perry

Richard Perry, Market Analyst at Hantec Markets and University of Reading alumni, blogs about his return to the university as corporate sponsor of the Finance Society, and gives his tips and advice to students wanting to enter the field of trading. I recently completed a course of seminars at the University of Reading during which I taught a group of…