MoneySense Q4 2019 FAMI CEO Karen Roa

MoneySense Q4 2019 – The Retirement Issue, features FAMI CEO Karen Roa on her career and investing.

MoneySense Q4 2019 FAMI CEO Karen Roa
FAMI President Karen Roa talks about grit, financial literacy, and women empowerment – by Rossana L. Unson, Photography: Dodie Legaspi, Make-up: Kassandra Ongcoy

Okay, so now you are done with college. Here’s $500 and a one-way ticket to NYC. Bahala ka na!’ That’s what my parents basically said when I left for the US after graduating from college.” That was the start of many defining moments in Karen Roa’s life.

Today, Karen is the first female president of First Metro Asset Management, Inc., a leading investment company known for its high-performing and multi-awarded mutual funds. The firm was established by First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC) in partnership with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and Marist Brothers Congregation Philippines, Inc. While Karen is indeed an expert when it comes to financial investments, as journeys go, hers wasn’t always a straight line nor characterized by being on top.

MoneySense Q4 2019 FAMI CEO Karen Roa

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