The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School Global Equity Fund is managed
by 17 students in the school’s part-time MBA and Master of Science in Business:
Finance programs. The global fund was established in 2009 and holds investments
primarily in companies outside the United States.
The limited-enrollment fund gives students the chance to research companies and
manage and invest money from the school’s endowment fund. The fund managers’ goal
is to outperform the MSCI All Country ex US Index, though it’s equally important
that each member learns the processes by which investment decisions are made in
a professional asset-management setting.
In a course that meets once per week for an entire year at the Smith School’s
Washington, D.C. campus in the Ronald Reagan building, students gain unparalleled
financial knowledge and skills, including asset management exposure, quantitative
portfolio management experience, and financial modeling skills. They develop skills
using and applying tools from Smith’s extensive suite of financial databases and
Participating students are assigned roles in operating the fund, either as portfolio
managers or equity analysts specializing in a specific geographic area or industry
such as technology or telecommunications. Participants are chosen through an application
process and selected on several criteria including analytical abilities and communication
and leadership skills.