Anjli - The Small Cap Equity Investor
"Don't be so hard on yourself."
Anjli Shah is an Investment Director on the Smaller Companies Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She is the co-manager on the Global Mid-Cap Strategy and provides research support on US Small and Mid-Cap Equities. Anjli joined Standard Life Investments in January 2016 from Stifel (previously Oriel Securities) where she was an Equity Research Analyst. Prior to this, she was a Banks Analyst for the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Bank of England for 2010-2014. Anjli has 5 years’ experience at ASI and 10+ years industry experience. She has BSc (Hons) in Economics from The University of Warwick, CFA and IMC.
ABOUT SMALL CAP EQUITY INVESTING
"Be open minded about some of the other things that are out there."
The term small cap describes companies with a relatively small market capitalisation. A company's market capitalisation is the market value of its outstanding shares.
The definition for small cap varies, but generally means a company with $300 million to $2 billion in market capitalisation.
PODCAST Q&A WITH ANJLI
"Don't give up, keep applying."
Q - Why did you agree to come on to our podcast?
A - "I think a lot of people when they think of investments, they think of it as being very male-dominated, or perhaps not appealing. So I want to really dispel any myths and encourage more young females to pursue this as a career choice."
Q - What do you think have been some of the key resources and tools that you've had to hand to help you on your journey and to where you are today?
A - "For me, there wasn't like one standout thing. I think it was just a series of events along the way. When I was in University, I signed up with SEO London, which is a charity that helps people from lower socio-economic backgrounds break into professional industries like investment banking, or asset management. And as part of that programme, I was assigned a mentor, and a buddy who were currently working in financial services. And then I would say other things were just things like doing internships along the way, and just meeting some really inspirational colleagues and people who, even though unofficial, because they were so knowledgeable, just passed on their kind of skill set and knowledge onto me."
Q - Would you say it's necessary to go to university to become a smaller companies equity investment director?
A - "Yeah, I would say it's necessary. So it just so happens on my team, all of us have gone to university. But I wouldn't say it's an absolute necessity or a guarantee of success. A lot of companies are trying to widen their recruitment practices. So looking at non-target universities, but also looking at non university backgrounds"