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Finance students receive real-time experience

By Kathryn Mayer

For most business students, studying finance is one thing. But working with real money in real time is quite another.

The latter is exactly what two gifts—the Marsico and Reiman funds—are making possible for students in the University of Denver’s Reiman School of Finance.

Thanks to the contributions, participating students are responsible for managing the Marsico and Reiman funds within a live portfolio environment. In the classes, student investment recommendations are implemented in an actual stock portfolio, part of the University of Denver’s endowment fund.

The opportunities are thanks to the support of DU alums who have made their own marks in the finance world: Scott Reiman, BSBA ‘87, a local investor, DU trustee and namesake of DU’s finance school; and Tom Marsico, MBA ’79, a Denver-based money manager, and his wife, Cydney, BSBA ’78, MBA ’80, who are behind DU’s Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, DU finance professors say, that helps students enhance their resumes and build an investment analysis portfolio that can be shared with future employers. And it prepares them for what lies ahead after graduation: a tough business world.

“Students in the Reiman Fund class get to apply the skills and concepts that they learned in other classes,” says Associate Professor Chris Hughen, who teaches the Reiman Fund class. “This is a unique opportunity to put their ideas into practice. The investment business is hypercompetitive and filled with smart people with diametrically opposing viewpoints. Our students quickly learn how challenging it is to succeed in that environment.”

In the classes, students acquire knowledge of industry lingo, market experience, and most importantly, a real-world environment.

Not only is it important in a professional sense, says Lecturer J.P. Tremblay who teaches the Marsico Fund class, but it makes the class stand out among other academic courses.

“It has the benefit of making the students extremely engaged in the class,” he says. “They genuinely care about the performance of the fund and the success of their decisions. I don’t know that you can create that any other way.”


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