Thursday April 5, 2007

Taking Stock of Their Winnings

Student-managed portfolios from around the country take home winning titles in the University of Dayton's global student investment forum competition.

College students who manage portfolios of real money aren't just winning big in the stock market - they're big winners at the world's largest student investment forum, too.

RISE VII (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) took place March 29 – 31 at the University of Dayton. The seventh year for the event, the forum held its annual student portfolio competition and awarded eight universities first place in various categories:

Winners in the undergraduate division are:

Stetson University; DeLand, Fla.: fixed income portfolio category.

University of Kansas; Lawrence, Kan.: hybrid portfolio category.

University of Oregon Investment Group; Eugene, Ore.: blend-style equity portfolio.

University of New Brunswick; Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada: growth-style equity portfolio.

Michigan Tech-Black; Houghton, Mich.: value-style equity portfolio.

Winners in the graduate division are:

University of Nebraska Omaha; Omaha, Neb.: fixed income portfolio category.

University of Iowa-Henry Fund; Iowa City, Iowa: blend-style equity portfolio.

The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio: growth-style equity portfolio.

This year's forum attracted a record crowd of 1,700 attendees from 218 colleges and universities, which is a 580 percent growth from an initial 250 participants from 43 colleges and universities in 2001. This year, RISE VII included participants from every state in the U.S. and every inhabited continent in the world.

The forum's international impact also increased. Romania, Portugal, the Ukraine and others joined the growing list of countries that participated in RISE VII. More than 58 countries sent representatives or keynote speakers or connected remotely. International participation has grown 867 percent over the past two years. In addition, portions of RISE VII were broadcast to more than 900,000 professionals in 140 countries by the Dow Jones Newswire, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg TV and the Associated Press.

For more information, contact Linda Robertson at 937-229-3257.