Name: Angus Heaton
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: London, England/Tokyo, Japan
Angus Heaton ’17 has been trading his own money since he was in high school. Before coming to Syracuse, he was working at Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in their sales and trading divisions in London. These experiences inspired him to learn about financial markets and analyze their trends. Heaton knew he wanted to study in finance, and a strong business school became a requirement for any college he reviewed. The Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s strong reputation and the sense of community Heaton felt on campus is what drew him to Syracuse University.
“I remember waiting in Syracuse Hancock Airport to fly back to London the night after visiting the campus thinking Syracuse was without a shadow of a doubt where I wanted to spend my next four years,” said Heaton.
Heaton has since gained vast experience from a variety of internships. By the end of his sophomore year, Heaton interned in the equity research department at BD Securities Investment Bank in Mongolia. In this role, he got to write research on Mongolia’s macro environment and an international arbitration case between Mongolia and a Canadian mining company, allowing him to do financial analysis for the first time. Because Mongolia is a developing country, he was quickly tasked with thinking outside of the box and taking initiative in order to find information and data on companies in the country.
Last year, Heaton interned at Edgbaston Investment Partners, an investment management firm focusing on equities in Asia Pacific excluding Japan. He was able to serve several departments across the firm, including working with investment managers, the COO, the client service team, the compliance team and the dealers. This experience proved invaluable as Heaton gained an understanding of every facet of the business. In the end, he felt like he was able to prove his worth and offer real value to the firm in the form of research reports that informed decisions the firm made.
At Whitman, he is in the SU Investment Club and worked in the Oil and Gas Exploration Sector as an analyst. According to Heaton, the club challenges your ideas and is a good opportunity to meet students with similar aspirations in finance. Outside of Whitman, Heaton is part of the SU ski team, which he credits as integral in providing a social outlet that allows him to exercise his competitive side.
Like many students, Heaton cites Whitman’s vast alumni network as a major beneficial aspect of his education. He notes that he has always been able to reach out and meet with several alumni, even abroad in places like London and Greece.
“I feel that there is very much a strong sense of giving back to Whitman, perhaps largely in part due to the overall school spirit at Syracuse,” said Heaton.
After graduation, Heaton plans to pursue a career in asset management, research or trading. He hopes to enjoy a career in which he can continue to learn, think independently and add value for his colleagues.