UConn’s Student Managed Fund is one of the oldest, and most successful, experiential learning programs in the country, and will be featured in a special issue of Managerial Finance, dedicated to SMFs. Professors Chinmoy Ghosh, finance department head, Paul Gilson, and Michel Rakotomavo wrote an article highlighting the history, purpose, performance and the future of the UConn program, and the special features that have contributed to its success.
The UConn program was founded in 2000 and began operation during the 2002-2003 academic year. The total number of students active in the UConn SMF program this year now exceeds 40, and the size of the portfolio exceeds $4.5 million. Most years, the SMF teams outperformed the S&P 500 Index, and the projected long-term performance measured by the SMF benchmark is also superior.
The professors noted that a key objective of the program is to train students in asset selection and portfolio management with a methodical, disciplined approach to investment, with special focus on process, philosophy and style. Another important dimension of the program is to instill the virtues of financial prudence, diligence, team-spirit and professionalism.
The UConn Finance Department offers the top finance program in Connecticut and one of the best in the nation, according to College Factual.
UConn’s finance program was ranked No. 21 out of 389 schools nationwide, up five places from last year. This puts the program in the Top 10 percent of finance programs in the United States.
The UConn program was also ranked No. 1 in Connecticut, rising from second place last year.
“We are excited that the excellence of our program has been recognized by College Factual, and grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty, who prepare our students so well for their careers in finance,” said Chinmoy Ghosh, department head.
The publication, based in Troy, N.Y., is a leading source of college data analytics. Editors said that UConn features “superior outcomes for students earning finance and finance management degrees.” It also noted that average early-career earnings of UConn finance graduates are above $54,000, while mid-career earnings exceed $88,000, both significantly above the average.
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