Fortunately for EdgePoint, Nataliya is a rare find – a do-it-all who’s not afraid to lift up her sleeves to get the job done. Nataliya was our first trader and a master contract negotiator (along with too many other roles that she's too humble to talk about). A black belt in portfolio administration and the quiet strength behind the trading desk, she’s led by example from the start. These attributes served to ensure the rarity of post-trade errors. Nataliya’s versatility comes from her love of learning which helped her become fluent in five languages. Although she’s admitted that she’s rusty on a couple of them, Nataliya’s a great conversationalist regardless of the language.
Prior to joining EdgePoint, worked in trading and portfolio administration at Burgundy Asset Management. She earned her teacher's degree from Kiev State University and completed both the Canadian Securities Course and Trader Training Course.
Ever the adventurer, Nataliya's used her linguistic skills in her many travels around the world, from seeing the Tour de France in Copenhagen, listening to Mozart in Viennese concert halls or eating nata in Portugal. She’s shared some of her favourite words that may not have an English equivalent, but are fun to say or taste:
Hygge (Danish/Norwegian, pronounced “hoo-ga”) – possibly related to the word “hug”, it’s the feeling of coziness from everyday things
Pirla (Northern Italian) – the closest translation would be “idiot”, but it’s more affectionate and said to friends. (And if you can’t be an idiot with your friends, then who can you be an idiot with?)
Budmo (Ukrainian, pronounced “bood-more”) – a popular Ukrainian toast that means “let us be”
Guláš (Czech, pronounced goulash) – traditional Czech dish, enjoyable dish especially after walking beautiful historic sites in Prague
Hogy vagy (Hungarian, pronounced “hoh-juh vah-juh”) – It means “How are you?”, but you’d never guess from the spelling. Bonus Hungarian – Budapest consists of two words, a merger of two cities Buda (water) and Pest (oven) situated along beautiful Danube river
Sachertorte (Austrian) – is the famous Viennese cake, delicious!
Pasteis de nata (Portugese) – the famous Portuguese egg tart. As a warning, each bakery shop thinks that theirs are the best, so you might have to try them all to find out for yourself…