143. Sinead Colton Grant of BNY Mellon – Crafting Solutions as the Currency for a Changing World

Sinead Colton Grant is Global Head of Investor Solutions at BNY Mellon, based in NYC.  She has over 25 years of global multi-asset experience across investment and wealth management in both Europe and the US, and started out in derivatives sales and later currency management. She was included in the 2022 Worth.com groundbreakers list https://www.worth.com/groundbreakers2022/

Our conversation starts with Sinead’s upbringing in Ireland and her family history of “strong women” where she grew up believing that any career was open to her and that no area was off limits.  We tracked then her entry into financial services, the world of trading and where she learned her craft.

Moving now to the realm of investment solutions we ask what this burgeoning area actually means for clients and find out how she is thinking about this area in light of growing geo-political uncertainty, inflation and the rising awareness of ESG risks. Given Sinead’s experience in currencies, we talk at length about currency exposures in portfolios, whether and how to hedge exposure and how to think about volality.

Finally she reflects on role models who have influenced her throughout her life, from a finance lecturer who enlightened the classroom with vignettes from the financial field to other industry figures. We speak about the importance of self-advocacy, about communicating as a leader and about having a career plan.

It is an empowering conversation that I hope you enjoy.

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