Maili Wong

Vice-President, Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with CIBC Wood Gundy

Maili Wong is a leading Canadian investment advisor, published author, and licensed portfolio manager, set apart from her competitors by a fresh, modern approach to investing for esteemed, high-net-worth clients. Her first book, Smart Risk, shares her personal story of resilience, while letting the reader in on secrets gleaned over a 15 year career in international investing. Maili called New York City home for five years, during which she helped manage over $5 billion in assets for Eton Park Capital, an award-winning investment firm spun-off from Goldman Sachs. Prior to this, she specialized in derivatives and options at Merrill Lynch’s New York City headquarters. Maili also worked in Toronto, Canada on the investment team of a global insurance company in 1999. She graduated as “Most Outstanding Female Graduate” from the University of British Columbia, boasting a bachelor’s degree of commerce in Finance with honors. While attending UBC, she was chosen to manage a multimillion-dollar endowment portfolio as a member of the Portfolio Management Foundation. She simultaneously served as an elected member of the University’s Board of Governors.

Maili is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder, Certified Financial Planner® practitioner, licensed life insurance advisor, and a Family Enterprise AdvisorTM certificate specializing in helping affluent families preserve their wealth across generations. Maili has been invited to participate in a number of high profile events, with roles including: keynote speaker for the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC), featured panelist with the Vancouver Board of Trade, and expert contributor to the CFA Institute’s Global Body of Knowledge in 2015. Maili is renown for her unwavering commitment to deliver complete confidence in her financial advice and client relationships. She and her team are proud to be recognized as catalysts for building client wealth.


Smart Risk

Publication Date: March 2016

Investing is risky. Successful investors know what it means to take “smart risks.” In Smart Risk, leading wealth catalyst and portfolio manager Maili Wong shares techniques to help you tailor the investment strategy and roadmap that lead to a work-optional life―giving you the freedom to live the life you choose, regardless of market conditions. Balanced financial decision-making is both an art and science. Employing a deep and nuanced understanding of investment, Wong’s Smart Risk Investing allows you to continuously stack the odds in your favor, thereby increasing the odds of reaching your financial goals. This often involves adjusting your mind-set and recognizing the internal biases that may be holding you back from achieving long-term financial success. You don’t have to be ultra-wealthy to apply these well-kept secrets for achieving a quick retirement and enjoying a work-optional life. To overcome the challenges associated with today’s volatile markets and ever-changing investment environment, Smart Risk outlines a path by which you can think differently about risk – prompting changes in your financial behavior, ultimately creating financial empowerment and lasting financial freedom…one investment at a time.

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