Tom Kinmonth is a Fixed Income Strategist at ABN AMRO, a Dutch bank that offers products and services to retail, private, corporate clients. He is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
What is your professional and educational background?
In my role, I write research on the banking sector, where I focus on European bank bonds. The research I conduct is predominately used by pension funds, insurance companies, traders, asset managers and regulators to make their investment decisions. My coverage concerns bonds valued at approximately €900bn. I also co-write the ABN AMRO Green Bond Monthly series, where I focus on the leading role that banks can take in a sustainable future. I have broadly studied business and mathematics since my teenage years, both at university and post-university.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
In my role I have the opportunity to meet and discuss business opportunities with investors across the world. The bank market is highly correlated with macro-economic events, geopolitics and monetary policy, something that I find fascinating. Every day is different.
Why did you decide to pursue an Executive MBA?
The Executive MBA gives me the opportunity to improve my knowledge via its syllabus and through the high-calibre connections I make on the programme. I enjoy the opportunity to develop and diversify my skills in the fundamental parts of the programme. Moreover, some aspects are totally new to me, such as entrepreneurship, innovation and negotiation. In these weaker areas of understanding I can use both the syllabus and other cohort members (many of whom have experience in these areas) to greatly assist my learning.
What attracted you to Cambridge Judge Business School?
One overriding factor for me was that I wished to study in a place that was not associated purely with students from the finance industry. I work every day with people from finance and so I wanted to broaden my horizons. Cambridge gives me this opportunity. There is a wealth of students in the School from across industries and locations. The cohort culture is incredibly collaborative. Naturally, studying at one of the best institutions in the world is an amazing opportunity, with great lectures and an abundance of resources available to me. One cannot help but be inspired by the truly remarkable students working on improving the world through their work.