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Diversification is a core principle of investing. Yet money managers have not applied it to their own ranks. Only around 10 percent of portfolio managers—the people most directly responsible for investing your money—are female, and the numbers are even worse at the ownership level. What are the causes of this underrepresentation, and what are its consequences—including for firms’ and clients’ bottom lines?
In Undiversified, experienced practitioners Ellen Carr and Katrina Dudley examine the lack of women in investment management and propose solutions to improve the imbalance. They explore the barriers that subtly but effectively discourage women from entering and staying in the industry at each point in the pipeline. At the entry level, the lack of visible role models discourages students from considering the field, and those who do embark on an investment management career face many obstacles to retention and promotion. Carr and Dudley highlight the importance of informal knowledge about how to navigate career tracks, without which women are left at a disadvantage in an industry that lionizes confidence. They showcase a diverse constellation of successful female portfolio managers to demystify the profession.
Drawing on wide-ranging research, interviews with prospective, current, and former industry practitioners, and the authors’ own experiences, Undiversified makes a compelling case that increasing the number of women could help transform active investment management at a time when it is under threat from passive strategies and technological innovation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ellen Carr has over two decades of experience as a high-yield bond portfolio manager, most recently at Weaver C. Barksdale, a majority-women-owned, institutional fixed-income investment management firm. She is also an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School, where she teaches courses on the credit markets and cash flow modeling. She is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times.
Katrina Dudley is a global equity portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the world’s largest asset managers. She is the author of the introduction to the Vault Career Guide to Mutual Funds (2016). She is a frequent market commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg, a mentor to up-and-coming female investment professionals, and a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and the Stern School of Business.
"Today, all forms of inequality are being scrutinized. The underrepresentation of women in investment management isn’t in the headlines, but it’s something many of us in the profession want to change. How can we make progress in this regard? Undiversified by Ellen Carr and Katrina Dudley is the authoritative source on the subject and a great place to start."
--Howard Marks, cofounder and cochairman, Oaktree Capital Management