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New graduate RSO introduced

September 19, 2013, Emily Morgan

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Dr. Jason Greene, GSIF faculty advisor

The Graduate Student Investment Fund (GSIF) is a new graduate RSO that has been introduced in the College of Business. The GSIF is a group of students from various graduate programs that are interested in investing. The group actively manages a portion of the SIU Foundation’s investments.

The GSIF is an extension of the very successful Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF). The SIU foundation partnered with the GSIF to manage the $500,000 portfolio after the SSIF outperformed 90% of professional investors with their $1.2 million portfolio.  Both organizations offer hands-on learning for students interested in business and investments, and actively manage a real portfolio for a real client- the SIU Foundation. The idea for the GSIF was developed by students who were previously active in SSIF and are continuing their education into graduate school. Their funding proposal was submitted at the end of the spring semester, and the account was funded around the end of August.

Any graduate student at SIU is eligible to participate in the organization. Currently, most of the members are from the Master of Business Administration or Master of Accountancy programs, but the members of the organization welcome perspectives from other degree programs.

When asked about his goals for the organization, faculty advisor Dr. Jason Greene said, “The goal of GSIF is first and foremost to satisfy our client, the SIU Foundation.  We also hope to enhance investment knowledge for each member by giving them a chance to gain real-world portfolio management experience while they are pursuing their degrees.  By pursuing the first goal, we achieve the second goal.”

For more information on the group, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Jason Greene at jgreene@business.siu.edu