Di Zhou, CFA, FRM
Q: Tell us a little about yourself?
A: I am the sole portfolio manager of Thornburg Better world international fund and co-portfolio manager of Thornburg international value fund.
Q: Have you started anything new since the pandemic started? (For example - Baking or hobbies)
A: I have been trying to convince my husband to get a covid dog. He said based on the TikTok videos I watch, I would dress up the dog with a pink bow, a sweater, and little boots. He would have to walk the dog dressing like that. So his answer is no, but I haven't given it up yet.
Q: What historical figure would you like to share your stay-at-home order with and why?
A: One of my favorite biographies is Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci. He was such a curious person and that showed in both his arts and his scientific inventions. It would be awesome to get a closer look at a genius at work and what the unfinished master pieces were supposed to look like. Besides we would speak different languages and no way to communicate, that makes the stay-at-home days much easier.
Q: What is your favorite work from home app you have been using?
A:I mostly use Bloomberg, WSJ, Financial Times, and Barron's for work. 2048 is my favorite game app.
Q: What is the most interesting book you have read recently?
A: Radical Uncertainty by John Kay and Mervyn King is one of the best books I read this year. We have all been well trained in statistics and are comfortable in conduct probabilistic analysis based on different types of distribution. However, in reality very few uncertainties/risks we encounter fit in a distribution curve. There is a huge risk trying to fit an uncertainty/risk into a wrong framework. In fact, we must figure out the narrative of the uncertainty/risk and understand what is really going on there to truly assess and manage those uncertainties/risks rather than pop it into a quantitative model. I very much enjoyed the book and highly recommend to whoever is interested in this topic.
Q: Other than joining CFA Society New Mexico, what advice would you give recent college graduates who hope to make it in this profession?
A: I recommend students to talk to as many people in the industry as possible. Our industry is not as transparent as some of other industries. Getting to know what people's days really look like and whether you have a true interest in doing that is helpful.
Q: What is your favorite failure that has set you for success?
A: I started business school in the fall of 2008. Internship recruiting started in winter 2008. Given the GFC, very few asset management firms maintained their internship programs. As a result, I took an unpaid internship doing equity research in an asset management firm in Mumbai, India. It was tough initially. However, it became a great experience after all. If it was not for the GFC, I would not choose to live in India for three months. I not only researched Indian stocks but also traveled around India and got a deeper understanding of India people and culture which continues to benefit me from investment perspective.