CFA Institute Live Webinars Presentation Recorded 10 Jun 2021
Career Insights: Index Development, Research, and Analytics
Following global trends, the investment space in India has witnessed a sea change in the past seven years, with passive index-based investment beginning to challenge the dominance of an active fund investment style.
Since December 2007, assets under management (AUM) in index-based products globally have increased at a rate of 19.5% per year, reaching $8.6 trillion at the end of March 2021. This increase has re-established the fact that passive funds score over their active counterparts in providing investors with low-cost access to capital markets. In India, the ramp-up in AUM of exchange-traded funded (ETFs) over the past two fiscal years has been dramatic, as it witnessed fresh inflows of about Rs 1 lakh crore. Likewise, the fixed-income space in India is seeing changes with more transparency and the emergence of various research and analytics tools. For investment professionals, new and exciting career opportunities have opened up. In this webinar, Aman Singhania, head of index development and research at NSE Indices Ltd., helps us understand the index investing landscape in India, the opportunities it has to offer, and how CFA® charterholders and candidates can make a successful career in this space.
- Gain an understanding of the index investing landscape in India.
- Learn about career opportunities for CFA charter holders and candidates.
- Discuss hiring practices, roles, and responsibilities.
- Evaluate the career paths and competencies required.
This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 10 June 2021
About the Speaker(s)
Aman Singhania is vice president and head of products at NSE Indices Ltd., a group company of NSE Ltd. Singhania heads the index development and research function at NSE, launching innovative indices across equity, fixed income, and commodities. He also heads the fixed-income valuation and analytics function at NSE. Before joining NSE, Singhania worked with CRISIL in their index development and bond valuation function. Previously, Singhania also worked with an investment bank in New York City in their fixed-income analytics domain. Singhania holds a masters of business administration in finance. He is a CFA charterholder and also holds the Financial Risk Management designation. In his free time, Singhania gives lectures at leading business schools and takes corporate training sessions on investment and risk analytics.
Biharilal Deora is a director at Abakkus Asset Manager LLP, an India-focused asset management company. His investment expertise spans a broad array of asset classes. Prior to joining Abakkus, Mr. Deora was managing corporate, family office, and university clients. He began his career as a financial analyst at leading financial services firms, such as Credit Suisse and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Deora holds a master’s degree in commerce from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.
He is a top-ranking chartered accountant and a certified financial planner. Mr. Deora serves as a director on the board of CFA Society India and is a visiting faculty member for advanced finance programs.