When it comes to handling their financial lives most college students leave school woefully unprepared, financial expert Chris Linkas has stated. People get out of school, get their first “real” job, and have zero idea how to handle their personal finances. Teaching people about this area would ideally happen in schools and the homes of parents but unfortunately that is almost never the case.
Chris Linkas took an active interest in financial matters early on. His first job was at RER Financial Group, LLC, where he was at first a financial analyst and eventually was named as the vice president of this company. In this position Chris Linkas managed over $4 billion of book balance. This led to him getting a great opportunity to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs a year and a half later.
The biggest thing facing most students is their student loan balance, he says. People take on big student loans to finance their education, loans often so big it doesn’t matter what they do for a living because what they earn will never justify how big their student loan is. Chris Linkas says that people really should opt for a good public university over any private, and very expensive, university.
Since 2012, he has been the European head of credit for a multinational financial firm based in the UK. Chris Linkas explores for good investment opportunities both in the United Kingdom as well as in European countries like Spain, Germany, France, and Switzerland among others. He says one thing he recommends to other entrepreneurs is to find something they are passionate about outside of their professional careers. He says he plays soccer himself because he really enjoys it and it clears his head. It also helps him stay fit and, also importantly, has absolutely nothing to do with investing.
Another thing Chris Linkas recommends to those in the younger generations is to start as early as possible investing according to their risk tolerance (https://angel.co/chris-linkas). A dollar invested when you are younger than 25 can be worth $11 when a person is ready to retire at age 65, due to the value of compounding interest.