Since my college days the term ‘hedge fund’ attracted my attention and I had since been curious to know what they do. This quest to decipher the trading codes of various alternative funds led me to pursue the CAIA designation. The best part of learning through the CAIA curriculum was its focus on the application side of the industry rather than purely academic pedagogy. In today’s world of information overload, it is so difficult to select what to read and decide what to rely on. As a CAIA Charterholder, you get to read leading journals and prominent blogs on alternative investments, which keeps you abreast with the latest in the industry. The CAIA curriculum is also consistently updated with what is relevant and trending.
It is such a great feeling to be associated with so many talented people in the alternative funds’ space through a common platform of CAIA Chapters which allows you to interact at global level. It was my privilege to attend some of the foreign CAIA Chapters and network with some of the brightest people in the industry. When I teach hedge funds to my class of postgraduates, it is so exciting to talk about an industry that is full of vibrant and risk-loving people. Being connected with a network of industry professionals gives further fillip to me to emulate the who’s who of the industry.
Jainendra is the Chapter Head of the CAIA India Chapter and currently works at the National Institute of Securities Market as an adjunct professor and Program Director of Post Graduate Diploma in Quantitative Finance(PGDQF), Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science (PGDDS), and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering and Risk Management (PGDFERM). Previously, he worked with Bank of India, a public sector bank, and also with Indian Securities and Commodities Market Regulator - the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).