Member Spotlights

Get to know your IWI certified advisor peers. Read this month’s Member Spotlight, as well as previous spotlights, and learn more about the community of success-minder advisors like you; committed to life-long learning, adherence to ethical standards, and the advancement of the financial advice industry.

Meet Your Peers in the Investment & Wealth Institute

Kimanshu Shah CIMA®

What do you like about being a member of the Institute?

IWI is a premier institute providing state of the art education and I have learned that first hand while going through the CIMA program. The institute’s continued efforts in ensuring the higher standards are maintained by all certified professionals is commendable.

What is the best financial advice you have received or given?

Stay in the market and Invest in Stocks. They are the best hedge against inflation. Also I love what Warren Buffet once said, “The first rule of an investment is don't lose [money]. And the second rule of an investment is don't forget the first rule. And that's all the rules there are.”

What is something not many people know about you?

I enjoy playing Guitar and listen to techno music a lot and I am planning to dabble into being a DJ soon.

What is a challenge in the industry right now?

In my opinion everything I have learned from the markets, industry and through academia I feel there are a few challenges I can note. 1) Financial independence and planning for retirement I feel continues to remain a premier challenge in the industry worldwide. Longevity of life is putting enormous pressure on individuals to save and retire comfortably. 2) Lack of disciplined approach to investing among all ages remains to be a challenge and while there is a large percentage who are able to seek help from a financial professional, it is still not as ubiquitous as it should be. Lastly, while diversification still works, traditional portfolio management may not work all the time given strong correlations between equities and bonds and therefore need a fresh perspective working with different asset classes to meet investment goals.

Are you an early riser or a night owl?

Early Riser

Is there a specific way your designation has enhanced your career?

Earning CIMA has surely improved the knowledge in the Investment Management area especially Behavioral Finance and Quantitative method of evaluating Portfolio Performance. Besides that applying the knowledge for different client scenarios was really helpful.

What is your favorite book or what are you currently reading?

Magic Words by professor Jonah Berger at Wharton.

What are your favorite podcast(s) you are listening to?

I pick and choose podcasts of interest, mostly in the field of investing, religion, philosophy or science. My favorite one has been “Siegel and Schwartz on Stocks for the Long Run”

What are you most grateful for in your life?

I am gifted with a great family and friends and I am grateful for that every single day. I have worked hard to earn a living for my family and I am thankful for God’s grace upon me throughout my life.

Past Spotlights

Valerie Bowman

Daniel Gao

Samuel Ogbonna

Brian Murello

Thomas Richter

Radene Gordon-Beck

Eric Kala

Moe Allain

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