Currently at adoing equity sales (just about to start my 2nd year as an analyst) and contemplating as a product strategist/client portfolio manager.
I love markets, investing, and client interaction but in equity sales the client interaction is not that rewarding i.e. most of it's via Bloomberg/E-mail and a bit on the phone with the odd lunch etc. There's also a new regulation called MAR coming in making it harder for us brokers to say anything at all that is not in a research report/give an opposing view if we do not agree with a call, meaning our ability to be entrepreneurial and creative is dwindling.
I have been looking at other opps and spoke with BlackRock in London and looks like they are keen for me to join as a Client Portfolio Manager (aka product strategist)
It seems I would have a lot more responsibility in the role whilst having more frequent client-facing interaction and still be immersed in the markets and give presentations etc.
I am also very keen to move to the US/travel for work (key focus right now) and feel this would be easier there.
Any thoughts on leaving a top equity sales for the buyside? Also, hate the topic but anyone know the comp at BR roughly for product strategists looking after the big funds?