Gregory Cheng

MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2015

Gregory ChengName: Gregory Cheng

Nationality: Chinese

Undergraduate degree: Information Engineering, University of Hong Kong

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Wealth Management Analyst, DBS Bank

Employment after studying at the Business School and what is your current position: Trader, Alphadyne Asset Management

Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
Having known that IWM provides many quantitative and intuitive courses with great network exposure in London, I chose the Business School without any hesitation.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
The programme provides a lot of elective courses which can shape you into different professionals like Wealth Management or Quant Analysts. The courses are useful for those who have not yet decided their career path at the beginning of the academic year. Secondly, many guest speakers are experienced practitioners in the industry who are definitely helpful for your job interviews and networking extension opportunities.

How did you find living in London?
Living in London is certainly a great fun. You can go for a drink, watch a football match, go to the theatre or even walk around different palaces or parks. People are very friendly.

What was the Business School community like?
Awesome. People in the Business School are very smart and energetic. Most of us are playing hard, and at the same time working hard. I have learned a lot in the process and made many good friends.

What was a typical day the Business School like?
Typically we usually had one or two 3-hour lectures every weekday. During the breaks, we often spent time in the café or in the Business School Computer Laboratory or in the Imperial Library. Sometimes when there were no lessons, we would go to Ethos(the sports centre) and use the facilities.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I enjoy trading any asset class across the world, if there is investment opportunity. The main challenge I face is to adjust or hedge the risk quickly whenever markets move, and for that high concentration is required.

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
Thanks to the extensive alumni network at the Business School, it is easy to connect to different alumni in London with introductions from my classmates or other alumni. Also, LinkedIn and Facebook Group are also common communication channels for us. By talking with different peers, I can obtain different market views that are very useful for my work. On the other hand, it is also a great exposure to various cultures.