FoF vs ALM

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I have a research associate offer with a HF FoF and an actuarial offer in the Asset Liability Management group of a big life insurance firm. Which offer is better if I want to get into hedge funds, MBA, or MFE. Also the ALM offer is $14,000 higher. Which would you take? Will FoF teach me how to invest and about the markets or will it only teach me about how to look at fund managers and strategies?

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May 9, 2011 - 12:21pm

My inclination is that ALM would be more interesting. You'll be more attractive to hedge funds working in the Fixed Income space and to MFE programs due to the "hard skill" nature of the job. I don't know how b-school adcoms will perceive it however. ALM isn't considered to be prestigious, regardless of the fact that it's a big deal and can get pretty sophisticated.

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