Chris Linkas Explains Why Students Should Be Learning Financial Literacy

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Chris Linkas is a businessman in the financial industry. After graduating from Bowdoin College, with a degree in philosophy, he moved to Herndon, Virginia, and became an analyst at RER Financial Group, LLC. He became the vice president at RER Financial Group in January 1997 and in 1998 acquired this same position at Goldman Sachs in New York City. In April 2003 he moved to the United Kingdom and became the managing director of a huge investment group that is based there.

As someone who has years of experience as an investor, Chris Linkas likes to offer his advice to younger people who don’t yet know how to manage their financial affairs. People often graduate from college and have no idea how to handle important financial decisions as it wasn’t something they were taught in school or by their parents. Many experts say financial literacy really needs to be taught in schools but that is quite a rare occurrence. Ideally, students would be taught how to live within their means, manage their debt such as student loans, get bills paid on time, and learn how to save and invest.

Chris Linkas current role is to find good investment opportunities throughout Europe. This can include real estate, corporate loans and securities, shipping, secondary LP interests, and other areas. He says that he closely follows market cycles and figuring out what the current opportunity sets are. The markets are always changing and what was a good opportunity in the past isn’t necessarily one that is good now.

When it comes to investing you have to be willing to take appropriate risks Chris Linkas says. A lot of people got scared of investing because of what happened in the 2008-2009 recession, even though the global market long ago crawled out of that hole. People can use online calculators to figure out what their risk tolerance is and from that figure out how much they should have invested in stock and how much in bonds. However, many younger people are too resistant to risk and end up putting far too much of their money into conservative investments rather than stocks.

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