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Investing in a Less-Risky World

Ranji Nagaswami looks at how financial markets are reacting to stability and the disconnect it has created.

David J. Drucker, 06/21/2007

Ranji Nagaswami, senior managing director and chief investment officer for AllianceBernstein, will give a keynote address at the upcoming 2007 Morningstar Investment Conference.

The secret to Ranji Nagaswami's success? A high "geek quotient" coupled with good communication skills, two attributes she traces back to growing up in northwest India.

"I was a studious, shy child with a really strong sense of numbers and an ability to manage conflicting and constantly changing information," says the senior managing director and chief investment officer of AllianceBernstein Investments. "I could connect the dots and have it make sense to others."

She graduated from Bombay University, eventually coming to the United States to earn her M.B.A. at Yale University. She joined AllianceBernstein in 1999, where communication has become an essential part of her job.

"It's all about communication," she says, "having clients not lose faith in your strategy when you're going through a down cycle." And she's had plenty of experience talking with all types clients, as I discovered during a recent chat.

Dave Drucker: When you speak of "clients," to whom are you referring?

Ranji Nagaswami: Throughout my career, I've had to communicate with every type of client, including corporate and public pension plans (including CalPERS); central banks as far away as Japan, Latvia, Argentina, and Portugal; a wide range of institutional clients, endowments, and foundations; and now, at Bernstein, individual private clients, family offices, and sometimes retail clients investing as little as $5,000.

Drucker: What is the gist of your communications?

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