Tokyo

Jiayi Li

Jiayi Li
Rogers Investment Advisors

This summer, I interned at Rogers Investment Advisors based in Tokyo. Although I was not able to work in its office near the beautiful Zojoji Temple, I was still impressed and thankful for the guidance I received from my mentors, and the support from the other interns. Every day, we had an hour-long class on alternative investment. We started from fundamentals such as hedge fund economics and leverage to more complex fixed income structuring, and we were finally equipped to discuss the global financial crisis in a sophisticated way. I felt so lucky to have mentors willing to invest time into helping us learn and to have a study group that was always ready to help. In addition, during daily tasks such as preparing a daily news brief and researching hedge fund strategies, I was constantly able to reflect on and apply the knowledge just learned in class. How could the latest news on politics signal future interest rate fluctuation? How did certain hedge funds seek alpha in complicated debt tranches? A highlight of the internship was an asset management project for a Japanese pension client. I got to learn more about the Japanese market and practiced portfolio construction knowledge in a real-world business scenario. This past internship has been an amazing experience of working hard, learning, and constantly asking questions. I really hope that someday I could meet in-person with these lovely people that I worked with.