Beyond Bulls & Bears

Meet the Manager: Bonnie Wongtrakool
Perspectives

Meet the Manager: Bonnie Wongtrakool

As a young girl with dreams of a career in finance, Western Asset’s Bonnie Wongtrakool is a prime example of manifesting one’s future success—but not without putting in the work to make it happen. Today, she helps mentor other young women hoping to follow in her footsteps. Here, we get to know Bonnie.

Meet the Manager: Sara Araghi
Equity

Meet the Manager: Sara Araghi

Sara Araghi truly embodies what it means to be a mentor—particularly for other women—in an industry that has typically been more male-dominated. She is a portfolio manager and research analyst with Franklin Equity Group and director of Franklin Venture Partners, the firm’s specialised investment team that invests in private opportunities, focusing on mid- and late-stage companies. San Francisco Business Times recently honored Sara in its “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” awards, highlighting her role mentoring and investing in female founders. Here, we get to know Sara.

Meet the Manager: Jennifer Johnston
Fixed Income

Meet the Manager: Jennifer Johnston

As a child, Jennifer Johnston didn’t have visions of working in the financial field, but after 27 years in the industry, she hasn’t looked back. Being a woman in a male-dominated field has presented some challenges, but she has had an attitude of embracing every opportunity that presents itself. Here, we get to know more about Jennifer, director of our municipal bond research team.

Meet the Manager: Sonal Desai
Fixed Income

Meet the Manager: Sonal Desai

Tending her family’s garden as a child, the seeds were planted for Sonal Desai to succeed in the world of finance and economics through hard work, attention to detail and a research-driven, scientific approach. Today, she leads Franklin Templeton’s Fixed Income team, and is particularly excited about the growth of quantitative science—and how it can complement fundamental analysis. Learn more about Desai.

Meet the Manager: Serena Perin Vinton
Equity

Meet the Manager: Serena Perin Vinton

(Jerry Palmieri) made me realize that in this business, experience does matter, and portfolio managers can become more seasoned and better investors over time by learning from that experience.

Meet the Manager: Michael McCarthy
Equity

Meet the Manager: Michael McCarthy

Our analysts enjoy researching smaller companies that the rest of Wall Street tends to pay less attention to. Good research can definitely make a difference.

Meet the Manager: James Harper

Meet the Manager: James Harper

Being based in the Bahamas, I’m somewhat separated from the emotional turmoil that comes with the frenetic trading of Wall Street, and that can be a good thing. I don’t get distracted by the day-to-day noise of the markets.