After graduating college with a degree in economics and a minor in computer science, I spent the early part of my career building business analytics applications for Fortune 100 companies. I eventually took a position at corporate headquarters of one of the largest financial institutions in the country. As somebody who had been investing in the stock market since my freshman year of high school, the opportunity to work for a huge fund company was an exciting one. Although it was a great experience, I couldn’t help but feel like something about the industry was a bit off.
Was the goal to sell products, gather assets or help people? Could it be all of those things? Should doing what is best for the business take priority over what is best for the investor? I wish I could say these questions had easy answers, but they didn’t.