SIAS students garner top returns at RISE investment portfolio competition

Apr 10, 2012

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MSc in Finance students from the Beedie School of Business have won a major award at the prestigious RISE investment competition hosted at Dayton University, Ohio.

The students won first place in the Balanced Investment Style category for their work on the Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) fund, the student-run investment fund which sees Beedie students managing over $10 million of the university’s endowment portfolio.

Bill Dennis, Jared Wolk, Mehdi Saedi and Jon Lo attended RISE as representatives of the SIAS fund to present the entire team’s work on the fund throughout 2011. The SIAS fund was judged to have the best risk adjusted return for the 2011 calendar year in its category, a reflection of the excellent work that both the current and previous cohort have put into the fund.

The SIAS fund is Canada’s largest student-run investment fund, and one of the largest such funds in North America. With a current market value of $10.8 million, the fund is managed by students from the Master of Science in Finance program, providing them with invaluable real world investment, risk management and compliance experience.

Now in its twelfth year, RISE is the world’s largest student investment forum, each year bringing finance industry leaders together to discuss economic and market trends, forecasts and critical issues. This year’s forum ran from March 29 – 31, and was held in conjunction with the RISE competition, which recognizes student-managed investment funds in six different categories.

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