When I was a child, nothing could have predicted my future career in finance. The only thing that connected my growing up in small Ukrainian village and Wall Street, was watching American TV series with my granny. There were always some stories about investing, stocks, oil etc., and I dreamed of understanding and getting into this world.
The path to achieving this dream was long. After school I started a career as model and TV host to help my family and pay for my education. I graduated from two different universities with Master Degrees in Economics and International Relations.
I came closer to my true purpose in 2007, when I began to work at an insurance company. One year later, I became head of the financial risk insurance department at Alfa Insurance IC (a part of Alfa Group Consortium – one of Russia's largest privately owned investment groups, with interests in oil and gas, commercial and investment banking, asset management, insurance, retail trade, telecommunications, water utilities and special situation investments). This period of my life was my training in trading. Finally, I began trading futures, commodities, and stocks in 2009.
Trading became my passion. As Oprah Winfrey said, "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." I had my ups and downs at trading, but my belief, my passion and focusing helped me to find my way to success and financial freedom. Changes in my life attracted attention of all people around and it became a beginning of my new business. Now I work with individuals and families as well as institutions and corporate clients and manage portfolio of over 5 million USD. I know every client, their financial goals, hopes and expectations. Their trust is the most important for me, it's my biggest achievement, honor and inspiration.
I have also been active as a philanthropist since 2013, when I began providing funds to help women in Africa to attend universities and start own business. In 2016, I joined Cherie Blair Foundation for women to contribute to women empowerment and promote gender equity, human rights and transparency.
I meet women from every corner of the world. Some of them don't have a job, don't have possibility to succeed, to start own business, and some just can't find their true purpose — but all of them want to fulfill themselves. Looking at their eyes I see the light and hope.
My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people. This obliges me to take stands on controversial issues when others cannot, and taking such positions has itself been a source of satisfaction. My philanthropy, loving family and my job have made me happy. What more could one ask for?
About the author: Inna Rosputnia, also known as Lady F, is a wealth management expert and the author of the e-book "Basic Instinct of Woman Trader," published in Russian and English in 2016. Her articles and essays on markets, financial planning, politics, society and economics regularly appear in newspapers and magazines, like The Business Woman Media, Financial Magnates and other.
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