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Department of Economics

Kyle Benner

  • Graduated: 2013
  • Field: Finance

Kyle Benner moved to San Francisco after his graduation in 2013 and found a job with Abbot Downing, a boutique Ultra-High Net Worth (UHNW) investment management firm within Wells Fargo. His initial title was Client Service Associate with job responsibilities “only tangentially connected to economic principles and focused more on the operations sides of things” he stated in a recent email. “However, managers realized that I was proficient in numbers and they tapped me for help. I heavily attribute my skills with math and statistics to Econometrics with Professor Eckalbar and Money and Credit with Professor Sargsyan. Recently I've been performing due diligence on hedge fund managers as well as an assortment of other odd roles and responsibilities.”

“Economics has without a doubt helped my career in several ways and I'm only a few years into it!. While yes, I did have exposure to economic theories which has helped, more recently on studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, but I've found that the principles I picked up from my time at Chico State have helped me the most. Principles of economics gave me an interest in causation, a healthy skepticism, and again, to reiterate, numeracy.”