Stratford Shields: The Financial Guru of the 21st century

With over 20 years of experience, Stratford Shields has made a name for himself as one of the best financial experts in Chicago. Prior to working as the managing director for Loop Capital Markets, Stratford worked as the deputy director of the Ohio office of management and Budget. While most people attribute his success to his Ohio office, what they don’t understand is that Loop Capital Markets ideas started while he worked as the head of finance for Morgan Stanley. It is during a meeting with the then CFO for Ohio State University that they had a conversation on privatization. Though the initial thought was to privatize the school’s parking lot, the idea grew in Stratford and ultimately giving birth to Loop Capital Markets.

As the managing director, Stratford has a strict routine which involves arriving in the office earlier than anyone else. It is during this time that he starts strategizing on ways to benefit his clients by coming up with new innovative ideas that will benefit each client depending on their investment interests.

To keep up with changing trends, Stratford is an avid reader. He loves reading materials that detail current trends. To him, he wouldn’t be productive or creative if he didn’t keep up with current information that affects the globe. This simple feature has endeared him among his clients.

Stratford Shields has always steered clear of naysayers and pessimist. This has enhanced his ability to think outside the box. To him, there is more than one way to skin a cat. While one way may give the desired results, there is a host of other ways to also provide the same result. Lastly, he advices the younger generation to understand that in life, failures will always come, but the most important thing is to get up and continue going.

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