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Working As An Asset Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $95,557

    Average Salary

What Does An Asset Manager Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become An Asset Manager

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Asset Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

36.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

11.9%

German

5.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

3.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Russian

2.0%

Dutch

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Icelandic

0.5%
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Asset Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.6%

New York University

7.5%

University of Southern California

5.6%

Georgia State University

5.4%

University of Houston

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

DePaul University

4.6%

University of Utah

4.4%

Temple University

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Ashford University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

University of Denver

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Villanova University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

35.5%

Finance

12.1%

Accounting

8.3%

Real Estate

8.0%

Management

4.8%

Economics

3.3%

Marketing

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Psychology

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Law

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Political Science

1.7%

Supply Chain Management

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

History

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

23.5%

Other

19.9%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.0%

License

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Asset Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sabine Pass LNG Asset Manager Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Mar 05, 2012 $240,717
Sabine Pass LNG Asset Manager Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Mar 19, 2012 $240,717
Sabine Pass LNG Asset Manager Chevron Corporation Houston, TX Mar 19, 2014 $232,728
Senior Asset Manager GE Capital Corporation Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2012 $175,000 -
$225,000
Asset Liability Manager Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 25, 2014 $170,000 -
$190,000
Technical Asset Manager Air Lease Corporation Los Angeles, CA Nov 14, 2014 $165,000
Global Asset Manager Harsco Corporation Seven Fields, PA Apr 01, 2013 $162,015
Capital Assets Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 29, 2013 $160,000
International Technology and Asset Manager Key Energy Services Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2011 $150,000
International Technology and Asset Manager Key Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 21, 2011 $150,000
Acquisition and Asset Manager Urban American Management LLC West New York, NJ Aug 07, 2015 $145,101
Asset Manager Chesapeake Operating, Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 15, 2011 $143,000 -
$155,000
Manager, Asset Initiatives American International Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2011 $141,000
Director, Asset & Liability Manager/Cfct UBS Securities LLC Stamford, NY Apr 28, 2011 $138,528 -
$180,000
Asset Manager JK Residential Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 26, 2012 $110,000 -
$200,000
Aviation Asset Advisory Manager ICF Sh&E, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $110,000
Asset Manager Blvd Capital, LLC Beverly Hills, CA Mar 18, 2015 $110,000
Asset Manager Blvd Capital, LLC Beverly Hills, CA Nov 20, 2015 $110,000
Associate-Asset Managers and Pension Funds HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2014 $110,000
Asset Manager JK Residential Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 20, 2012 $110,000 -
$200,000
Associate-Asset Managers and Pension Funds HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $110,000
Senior Asset Manager EDP Renewables North America, LLC Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $100,235 -
$127,000
FSO Tax Asset Management Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Minneapolis, MN Sep 21, 2015 $88,000 -
$95,100
Special Asset Manager Enterprise Community Asset Management, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2013 $87,000
Senior Asset Manager II Midland Loan Services, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 26, 2012 $87,000
Senior Asset Manager II The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 26, 2012 $87,000
Senior Asset Manager Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. New York, NY May 04, 2011 $86,965 -
$93,365
Senior Asset Manager Pensam Capital, LLC Miami, FL Sep 27, 2015 $85,546
Trust Asset Manager Ivan & Hilda Layda Arcadia, CA Sep 01, 2015 $83,814

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  1. Assets
  2. Loan Applications
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Eliminated unnecessary charges for late return of assets by closely monitoring lease expiration dates.
  • Ensured loan applications were complete and in compliance with all guidelines and regulatory requirements.
  • Process accomplished through underwriting by analyzing collateral asset, borrower financial statements, appraisals, market reports and other related materials.
  • Created proactive marketing campaigns to assist communication between real estate agents and homeowners of distressed properties.
  • Planned, directed and coordinated the development, implementation and administration of procurement, purchasing procedures and activities.

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