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A Day in the Life: Randal J.
Head of Australian Equities and Australian Equity Strategy Portfolio Manager

Major: Accounting & Finance 

School:
Macquarie University

Joined T. Rowe Price:
June 2010

Hobbies: Swimming, soccer and listening to podcasts

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“As a portfolio manager, I love the open space [of a cubicle] to thrash out investment ideas and issues. I also find it encourages informal meetings and mentoring opportunities”
  • Randal’s role involves: managing client portfolios, coaching the local investment team and growing the business.
  • He talks about his dual roles and the importance of prioritizing time with family.
  • Randal values informal meetings and mentoring opportunities for his team.
     

A daily catch-up with the team                      

Every day, I chair a morning meeting where we review significant overnight market news and take a deeper dive into recent activity. Analysts review notable company news about the stocks they cover and provide recommendations about next steps. We also discuss changes in stock ratings, what our peers are doing, and other industry research.

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Time with clients

I spend a lot of time representing T. Rowe Price with the goal of growing our business in Australia.

My most enjoyable days are spent meeting with companies to get a feel for their organization and culture. I like to leave those meetings with a better understanding of the company and an insight into how to make money for our clients.

This is a benefit of active management: We get first-hand information about companies and their people which we use to make investment decisions.

A collaborative space

When I’m in the office, you’ll find me sitting in my cubicle. No one on the investment team has an office. We find this fosters communication and collaboration.

As a portfolio manager, I love the open space to thrash out investment ideas and issues. I also find it encourages informal meetings and mentoring opportunities—we’ll often eat lunch at our desks together.

Hurdles and pasta

We try to eat dinner as a family whenever possible. My daughter Michelle is a world-class hurdler; what we eat and when often depends on her training regime and upcoming competitions. During competition season, there’s lots of pasta!

Hobbies—mine and ours

Along with being a big fan of Manchester United, I’m a soccer player myself. I’ve played for over 35 years with a division 1 soccer team in my local area. My teammates and I like to think we can still play soccer like we could in our 20s, but this is certainly not the case!

As a family, it’s special to bond over the many positive lessons that sports teach us. My daughter competed in her first Olympic games in Rio in August and we couldn’t be more proud.

Making an Impact

The most intriguing part of my work is helping our clients through well researched and considered stock selection. I’m most proud of the how well the Australian equity team works together, locally and globally.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investment advice or a recommendation to take any particular investment action.