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SMIF students win first place in Quinnipiac portfolio competition

 The Texas State SMIF team (L-R) Emily Ordonez, Amanda Pownall, Cordell Brunch,  Holland Toles, Quangqing Zhang, Michael Madu.
The Texas State SMIF team (L-R) Emily Ordonez, Amanda Pownall, Cordell Brunch, Holland Toles, Quangqing Zhang, Michael Madu.

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
March 29, 2018

SAN MARCOS – The McCoy College of Business Administration Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) team at Texas State University won first place in the Fixed Income Division at the 2018 Global Asset Management Education Forum (G.A.M.E.) VIII held in New York City, March 22-24.

The three-day forum, sponsored by Quinnipiac University, annually gathers some of the most successful people in finance to share their knowledge, expertise and outlook for the future with graduate and undergraduate students.

The SMIF won after presenting its student-managed fund's investment strategy to a portfolio manager. Texas State's SMIF course course examines the issues involved in the management and investment strategies of an endowment. It focuses on investment analysis, asset allocation, portfolio monitoring, evaluation and rebalancing.

"The students brought home a trophy that is very impressive," said Holland Toles, senior lecturer in the Department of Finance and Economics and team advisor. "We will cherish this experience for years to come."

G.A.M.E. VIII featured more than 1,500 participants representing 157 colleges and universities, 41 countries and 46 states. Programming featured 140 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges. Representatives from more than 100 companies and organizations attended.

The Texas State team included Emily Ordonez, Amanda Pownall, Cordell Brunch, Quangqing Zhang and Michael Madu.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 184,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.

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