Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wright Fund Students in Action!

On the third floor of McNair Hall, a glass wall separates the El Paso Corporation Finance Center from the eyes of a prospective MBA student. The room is alive with activity — a stock ticker, 10 computers, seven displays and two LED boards with commodities, currency exchanges and treasury markets on one and equity market indices, Jones School recruiters and Wright Fund holdings on the other.

A full time MBA student explains how the center is used, “Finance courses are based on theory, this room is about learning practical applications for that theory. You get training with the finance tools you might use in a job, like Bloomberg, FactSet and Capital IQ. It’s also home to the Wright Fund.”

Aries Arifien, Jane Wang, Nael Ashour, Jaime Bullon, Jill Foote

Please join me in congratulating our CFA Institute Research Challenge (IRC) team of Wright Fund (WF) students – Aries Arifien, Nael Ashour, Jaime Bullon Jane Wang – for an outstanding showing at the Americas regional competition this past week in Denver which followed the team’s win at the Southwest US regional in February.

Out of an original field of 48 regional winners from North and South America, our team progressed to the semi-final round. In the semi-final round the team gave the best presentation I have ever seen from a Rice MBA team, but was sadly nudged out based on an ever-so-slightly better Q&A from the team that ended up 2nd overall.  The IRC competition is the most prestigious and difficult of all investment research competitions so we are extremely proud of our team’s performance.

Also this past week, the WF was recognized as having the Best 2013 Return in our style category at the QGAME Conference in New York City. This is the 2nd year in a row that the Wright Fund has won this competition and the third time in the last four years (the other year we were 2nd). So, congratulations to all Wright Fund students!


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