15 Aug 2019 12:57

"All global events affect my work at SEB"

Photographer: Felicia Yllenius

"As an interest rate expert at SEB, my work day is exciting, full of quick decisions and many interesting meetings and discussions."

You may recognize Lina Fransson, SEB’s fixed income expert, from different Swedish media channels. Among many things, she has been a frequent guest in SEB's MacroPodd, where SEB's chief economist Robert Bergqvist invites experts to discuss different topics and issues and how they may affect the world economy.

Tell us about your job!

– I analyze what is going on in the world and try to estimate how this can affect the world economy and the financial markets, and especially the Swedish market. All global events affect my work at SEB. My job is very interesting, with a variety of different tasks every day. I spend most of my time in SEB's trading room where we, for example, buy and sell currencies and fixed income securities. I am also an advisor to our large corporates and financial institutions’ customers.

There are so many different opportunities within SEB.

How come you are seen so frequently in media?

– I have a broad knowledge and a background as an economist at the Swedish Central Bank (Riksbanken). My background in combination with my knowledge of the financial markets is a good combination and I probably also stand out a bit in this industry because I’m relatively young and female.

Why did you leave the Swedish Central Bank for SEB?

– SEB has a very good reputation in the financial sector. Even if you work for different companies you run into each other a lot in this industry.  People keep track of each other and when I wanted to move from the public to the private sector I had already connections with SEB. I knew that I wanted to get to know SEB better. Luckily the feeling was mutual.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

– There are so many different opportunities within SEB. In addition to, many exciting roles, there is also an opportunity to work abroad, which I know attracts quite a few. Personally, I feel that I am in the right place, both in my professional role and in Sweden. But you never know what will happen in the future. That is one of the reasons why it is so great working at SEB, you have the opportunity to choose something totally different tomorrow.

Writer: Liv Lövendahl