COBE finance students earned top returns on their investments in the D.A. Davidson Student Investment Program for 2011-12.
The program provides colleges and universities with $50,000 per school to be invested in the markets over the year. Boise State’s team posted an astounding return of 46.25 percent, earning about 14 percent more in returns than the second place finisher. Only six of the 20 participating schools ended with gains exceeding 5 percent.
The program gives senior-level business students a hands-on education in investing and portfolio management. The students who participated in the finance 460-461 class were:
Adriana Villafana Barajas
All students participated in the buy and sell decisions. Matthew Henderson and Shawn McFarland had primary responsibility for research and presentations.
The student teams use real money, pay execution costs and earn returns on investments in securities. The schools also share in the profits. The teams make investment decisions with a D.A. Davidson financial consultant as adviser and each school receives one-half of its team’s earnings above 5 percent, to spend as it chooses. D.A. Davidson lends the schools the initial $50,000 investment and absorbs any losses they might incur.
Boise State business students also had the highest returns in 2006 and 2003. D.A. Davidson launched the 27th annual Student Investment Program earlier this month and Boise State is a participant.
See the outcome of the investments for school year 2011-2012.