Yuan Fang

Position title: 2022 Cohort

Email: fang49@wisc.edu

What is your educational background? I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a mathematics emphasis from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Why did you choose this program? I chose the financial economics program for many reasons. First, I graduated from UW-Madison and I am passionate about studying economics and finance here. Secondly, I reviewed articles from the U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, and other reputable publications — all of which described UW-Madison as being one of the top schools in both finance and economics. I’ve also evaluated the MSFE curriculum and have noted that the heavy focus on current business world demands for contemporary skills prepares graduates for the advanced economic knowledge and modern quantitative methods in applying economics, econometric, finance and mathematical models using programming.

What has been your favorite thing to do in Madison or what is your favorite part about living in Madison? My favorite thing to do in Madison is to lie on the lawn to read a book or play stocks with a fruit favor milk tea on a warm summer day or on a warm afternoon. Besides watching the sunrise from a calm lake, I also enjoy walking around the campus to take pictures in early autumn when the leaves slowly cover the ground, and I enjoy cooking when I stay at home.

What has been your favorite class or what are you most looking forward to taking? My favorite class is Behavioral Economics, which is a cross section between psychology and economics. The course focuses on how and why people behave the way they do in the real world.

What are your career aspirations? I am passionate in investing, especially after I completed an internship in CICC Capital Limited to evaluate business financial information and analysis of industry prospects. In the future I plan to work with some of the global investment funds headquartered in private equity investment areas to further develop my skills in fund management and optimization. Beyond that, I would hope at some point in my career I am given the opportunity to help start my own fund.