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SMIF students present this semester's results to
the SMIF Advisory Board in the SMART Lab.

BATON ROUGE – LSU Department of Finance Instructor John Selser’s Student Managed Investment Fund class presented this semester’s results of the Tiger Fund, which began in 2005 with a $1,000,000 endowment granted by the LSU Foundation, on Monday, May 3, 2010. The event is a regular end-of-semester occurrence where the students present to the SMIF Advisory Board. This year, the class was honored with the attendance of LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget and E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean Eli Jones.

The SMIF class is held in the finance department’s Securities Market Analyst Research and Trading Lab. Funded by LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology, the SMART Lab allows students to gain real-world experience in securities analysis, research and trading. The Lab consists of 44 networked workstations, as well as Bloomberg portals.

Several students made presentations regarding their progress on the fund, including Cale Smith, Caelen Schutzman, Ryan Dorbandt, Matthew Follis, Benjamin Blasche, Joshua Dehghanpir, Jonathan Murdock, Noah J Lirette and Brian McNamara. The class consists of undergraduate and graduate students.

The returns generated by SMIF’s portfolio are quite impressive, according to Selser, with a year–to-date return of 3.66 percent, and a one-year return of 30.33 percent. The portfolio is currently valued at more than $1.2 million. The fund must stay within a range of 50 percent to 150 percent, relative to the benchmark weighting, which is the S&P 100.

"The Tiger Fund has held up well during these turbulent financial times,” said Master’s of Finance student Jonathan Murdock. “The SMIF class has been faced with a difficult challenge to try and remain conservative in some sectors but aggressively seeking return in others. This is what makes the SMIF class so valuable, the practical application of the academic fundamentals we have learned in our other classes."

Members of the SMIF Advisory Board also attending the presentation included:

  • Amanda Gaspard, senior investment manager of the LSU Foundation;
  • George Moss, chief investment officer of the LSU Foundation;
  • Tommy O’Connor, managing director at Morgan Keegan;
  • Tish O’Connor. instructor in LSU’s Department of Finance and assistant director of the SMART Lab;
  • Carlos Slawson, associate professor and chair of LSU’s Department of Finance.

The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading (SMART) Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit, call 225-578-6291, or e-mail

Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

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