The goal of the University of the Incarnate Word Student Managed Fund (UIWSMF) is to boost students’ education by providing practical experience in investment management, as well as an understanding of financial markets, economics, financial theory and practice.
Student fund managers, with the help of a faculty advisor, are tasked with developing an investment philosophy and procedures to select, allocate, monitor and evaluate an investment portfolio. All investment decisions are approved by a Fund Advisory Board comprised of the dean and select faculty.
Student fund managers have freedom to decide in which securities they invest; always taking into consideration that the finances are part of the university’s endowment. With this in mind, students strive to ensure investments align with the Mission and Values of the University of the Incarnate Word.
The UIWSMF is currently linked to a three credit hour course within the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. Perquisite to participation, students must complete the Investment Planning course. An application must also be submitted to Dr. Jose Moreno in order for students to be considered for the UIWSMF course. The course is open for participation from all UIW students who meet these requirements.
The four students pictured below are the first student managers to take the helm of the UIW Student Managed Fund. They are tasked with making initial investments with the money allocated from the university's endowment.
Dr. Moreno is a professor of Finance and teaches courses in Financial Management, Investments, International Economics and Econometrics. Click here to read more about Dr. Moreno.