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Saira Malik Pakistani-American woman has been named CIO of Top American corporations Nuveen.

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Saira Malik, an American native of Pakistani descent, has been named chief investment officer (CIO) of Nuveen, a renowned global asset management organization.

Nuveen oversees $1.2 trillion in stocks, fixed income, real estate, private markets, natural resources, alternative investments, and socially responsible investments.

In her capacity, she is responsible for delivering weekly market and investment insights to clients as well as client asset allocation perspectives from across the firm’s investment teams.

Saira also serves as the chair of Nuveen’s Global Investment Committee (GIC), which brings together Nuveen’s most senior investment executives to give the finest thinking and practical portfolio allocation suggestions for our institutional and wealth customers.

She writes a quarterly market analysis as Chair of the Equities Investment Council (EIC). Saira is also the lead portfolio manager for the $120 billion or more CREF Stock strategy, as well as a listed portfolio manager for the over $30 billion CREF Growth and over $20 billion CREF Global Equities strategies. She also manages a $5 billion worldwide equities portfolio on her own.

Saira has worked a range of responsibilities in the organization since joining in 2003. She was formerly the head of global equities portfolio management and, before that, the head of global equities research. Saira formerly worked at JP Morgan Asset Management, where she held positions such as vice president/small-cap growth portfolio manager and equities research analyst.

Saira is Nuveen’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO). In this role, she drives weekly market and investment insights and delivers client asset allocation views from across the firm’s investment teams. Saira also leads the the Global Investment Committee (GIC), bringing together Nuveen’s most senior investment leaders to deliver the best thinking and actionable portfolio allocation ideas for our clients across institutional and wealth channels.

As Chair of the Equities Investment Council (EIC), she authors a quarterly market commentary. Additionally, Saira is the lead portfolio manager for the $120+ billion CREF Stock strategy and a listed portfolio manager for the $30+ billion CREF Growth and $20+ billion CREF Global Equities strategies. She also serves as the sole manager of a $5 billion global equity portfolio.

Since joining the firm in 2003, Saira has held a variety of positions. Prior to being named CIO, she was head of global equities portfolio management, and before that, head of global equities research. Previously, Saira was with JP Morgan Asset Management, where her roles included vice president/small cap growth portfolio manager and equity research analyst.

Saira holds the CFA designation and graduated with a B.S. in Economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She frequently appears on financial news networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. Saira has been profiled in Kiplinger’s and Barron’s, which ranked her among the top 100 most influential women in U.S. finance.

Saira earned a BS in Economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

She is a regular guest on financial news networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. Saira has been featured in Kiplinger’s and Barron’s, where she was named one of the top 100 most powerful women in US finance.

Saira Malik’s parents emigrated from Pakistan to the United States. She grew raised in Stockton, California, and went to Lincoln High School. “My folks are immigrants from Pakistan.” “As a high school senior, a career counselor encouraged me to forego university and attend community college,” she is quoted as saying on the Nuveen website.

“I didn’t listen and instead went to university, receiving my series 7 and 63 registrations (investment broker licenses) at the age of 19.” After graduation, every Wall Street company I applied to turned me down. After that, I acquired a master’s degree in finance and was eventually employed by a huge corporation.

“It’s crucial to persevere, and it’s okay to reject terrible counsel.” My grandmother was among the first women accepted to medical school in India, and she earned her MD in 1934. Her diploma is displayed on a wall in my home. It wasn’t written for a lady, but for a male. Administrators crossed out the preprinted words ‘he’ and ‘his,’ replacing them with handwritten ‘her’ and ‘hers.’ That diploma continues to encourage the ladies in my family to this day.”

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