Welcome to the first annual Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) Consortium conference. The SMIF Consortium was formed in 2013 from a group of schools that have active SMIF groups. The purpose of this consortium is to enhance student learning and scholarship, record best practice in investment management among SMIF partners, provide a vehicle for student networking and exchange of ideas, and provide a permanent repository of relevant literature and recorded student experiences.
The SMIF Consortium builds a community of institutions with a shared vision for student success and leadership in investing. This common purpose provides for a broad network of support, problem solving, and friendship. The SMIF Consortium also establishes relationships with industry partners to assist in its primary goals of student education, research, and leadership. These industry partnerships also provide opportunities for corporate sponsorships of SMIF Consortium functions, student scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities.
This year’s conference has ten sessions and is kicked off with a presentation by Randy Minas of City Securities. Randy will speak about "The Evolution of Financial Services Industry: 1976-2013." In addition you will find interesting presentations by other leading and recognized industry leaders. We are especially pleased to have Joe Kinahan, Chief Derivatives Strategist for TD Ameritrade, as one of our featured speakers. Joe is a 26-year trading veteran, a CNBC "Fast Money" Trader and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Reuters News, along with many other respected media outlets. We are also pleased to showcase Christopher A. Wolking who is the Chief Financial Officer at Old National Investments.
The theme for this year’s conference is "Best Practices of Student Managed Investment Funds: Bridging the Gap between Industry and Academia." We hope that you enjoy the conference and we are looking forward to your active participation.
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