Shradha Wants To Know The Worth Of Everything
HOW much is the doggie in the window? How much is the building by the river? Everything has a price, economists say, and anyone who is good in finance and accounting should be able to find out.
This is the challenge for
“Our team was required to study everything about the SingPost organisation,” says
Other competing teams were from NUS, NTU and SMU. The SIM Global Education team won the award for
Shradha, an SIM Scholar, is truly a global citizen. An Indian national, she grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and went to secondary school in Alexandria, Egypt. Her father works in Egypt for an Indian multinational. Those were exciting times, particularly the revolution of 2011 that overthrew the regime of President Mubarak, recalls Shradha. “I couldn’t just go out alone then. We moved in a small group, with a bodyguard,” she says.
“I came to Singapore in 2013, enrolled in UOL’s Diploma in Economics in order to qualify for entry into the second year BSc programme.”
At SIM Global Education, Shradha says she has the opportunity to meet students, not only from Singapore and
“I learned that investments were exciting and dynamic, hence my strong interest to know more, such as how economics and political factors affected prices and investments. Reading financial news also increased my desire to understand corporate finance, which deals with funding, the capital structure of corporations, and the actions managers take to increase the value of their firm. This is why I chose to pursue finance as a career and Singapore is a great place given its well-established financial industry and location in Asia-pacific.”
Summer Abroad Internship
Besides finance, the lively, energetic girl says she’s into
Serving In The Economics Society
She’s now the society’s vice-president, where she spearheads a monthly event called “The Economics Review”. This is an event where students come together to discuss economic issues and their impact on society, and in the process learn that Economics is more than academic.
“We provide a platform for students to make presentations about economic themes that they are personally interested in, such as taxation, quantitative easing, price indices, insurance, oil prices and even Bitcoin. Through these activities, students not only develop their analytical skills but also public speaking, writing, and debating skills. They get to apply what they have learned in their classroom to current events.”
This petite human dynamo is also a committee member of the SIM students’ Investment and Networking Club (or INC). “Through my participation in INC I acquired in-depth understanding of the Singapore market. I conducted
In November 2014, Shradha helped to lead a Business Series seminar where speakers from the industry presented a holistic view of the corporate world to SIM GE students. Shradha was the interviewer on stage, asking the speakers their views and comments.
To complement her knowledge in finance, she reads A Random Walk down Wall Street, an economics classic and bestseller (1973) by Princeton economist Burton Gordon Malkiel. The author argues that asset prices exhibit signs of random walk and that one cannot consistently
“This book ties in very well with what I learned during my summer school at LSE,” Shradha says. She was on an SIM scholarship to attend the LSE three-week summer school in 2015.
- Posted online, 14 October 2015
Thought-provoking Subjects At LSE
In mid-2015, Shradha attended the LSE summer programme on characteristics of financial markets and optimal investment strategies. The focus was on asset pricing, active portfolio management and risk immunisation, portfolio performance evaluation, the predictability of returns, and behavioural finance.