A Born Investor
Coming from a long line of bankers and brokers, Rupal Bhansali grew up on stock stories instead of fairy tales. Eager to enter the world of finance, she learned accounting by the age of 16 and began working in the field right out of high school. By age 24, she had edited prospectuses, calculated residual values on lease portfolios and learned how to trade foreign exchange.
During her college days, Rupal was known for challenging conventional wisdom. To break the cyclical habit of students job-hunting upon graduation, she encouraged them to consider entrepreneurship as a path to success by launching a competition called "Mind Your Own Business".
Rupal learned the meaning of volatility firsthand, when she came to the United States to pursue her MBA at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., in 1991. The Indian rupee had just devalued by a massive 40%, and stock markets tumbled worldwide due to a global recession. Fortunately, she had earned a Rotary Foundation Scholarship that was not subject to currency risk or equity market fluctuations, which meant she could still fund her education. That formative shock lesson continues to guide her risk management philosophy today.
After earning her MBA, Rupal initially worked on emerging markets and then later on developed markets around the world. Although unusual for a long-only manager, her buy-side career began on the long-short side at Soros, where she sharpened her focus on absolute returns and downside protection. By age 30, she was managing money as an analyst/portfolio manager at Oppenheimer Capital in New York. In 2001, Rupal joined Mackay Shields, where she led the international equities division and enjoyed a distinguished career for 10 years. Fittingly, in September 2009, Forbes International named her a Global Guru. Rupal’s unconventional investment views and non-consensus stock picks have also been widely featured in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Advisor and the Australian Financial Review.
Rupal joined Ariel in 2011 as Chief Investment Officer for International and Global Equities. She found a kindred spirit in Ariel, where her investment philosophy of applying independent thinking and owning high-conviction, concentrated portfolios coincided with the firm's philosophy.
Having grown up, lived, studied and worked in multiple geographies, Rupal has a keen understanding of the socio-economic-political environments and cultural attributes of various countries in the world. She has several decades of experience analyzing corporate strategies and business models of thousands of companies in a variety of industries operating in North America, Europe and Japan as well as Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia.
It is clear, Rupal was born to invest.
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Foreign investments may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, political systems, regulatory standards, currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus click here.