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Student-managed fund tops $1 million under management

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) reached $1 million under management in February. GSIF is a student-managed investment fund that gives members a realistic asset management experience. As of March 2021, the value sits at $1,043,909. In March 2019, the fund sat at $561,667, but it has grown to cross the $1 million mark this year because of the generosity of alumni and friends who understand the real-world impact GSIF is having on students who are prepared for their future

Rob Cousin

Warrington alumnus a long-term asset for JPMorgan

Rob Cousin knew early in his life that finance was the career path he wanted to follow. His finance education began with his undergraduate degree in economics from Tulane University and continued with an MBA, concentrated in finance, from the University of Florida. While finance was the industry Cousin (MBA ’95) was drawn to, he never would have guessed that the private equity sector was where he’d end up. Cousin earned his degree in the UF MBA Full-Time program, which

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GSIF continues rapid growth

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $13,440 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. In 2017, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which pursues the primary goal of graduating first-generation, low-income undergraduate students. GSIF, a student-managed investment fund that gives members a realistic asset management experience, has seen the fund grow to $561,667

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GSIF gives back to scholarship program

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $9,500 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. Last year, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which pursues the primary goal of graduating first-generation, low-income undergraduate students. GSIF is a student-managed investment fund that gives members a realistic asset management experience. The fund currently has $500,000 assets under

Three finance students hold a large check from their win at a Harvard Case Competition

MSF team wins stock pitch competition at Harvard

A team of Master of Science in Finance students won the Harvard University Stock Pitch Competition on November 10. The trio of James Goyer, Kristen Mousa and Paul Stanley came out victorious from the field of over 45 teams, representing schools such as Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, University of Waterloo, University of Southern California, University of Texas Austin, University of Wisconsin, McGill University and University of Virginia. From the field, 18 teams advanced to the semifinals and two advanced

Three finance students hold a large check for $3,000 from a stock pitch competition

MSF team wins respected stock pitch competition

A team of three Master of Science in Finance students won the stock pitch competition at the ENGAGE® Undergraduate Investment Conference at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business from October 20-22. James Goyer, Kristen Mousa and Paul Stanley came out on top of a field of 27 teams, including many of the most respected business schools in the country. The win was also featured by Forbes. The trio previously won competitions at the University of Georgia and Ohio State

Finance students sit at Bloomberg terminals in the Capital Markets Lab

Learning for a cause

The Gator Student Investment Fund has been providing years of real-world experience for students interested in finance and helping them earn jobs at some of the most competitive firms in the industry. As the money in the fund continued to grow and be reinvested, GSIF leadership realized it was missing an important opportunity. They decided that a portion of the $500,000 fund – which includes a recent $200,000 gift from Robert Cousin (MBA ‘95) – could be used to help

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GSIF’s stock rising

Learning and real-world experience go hand in hand at the Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF), a student-run investment portfolio operated by the Master of Science in Finance (The William R. Hough Program). “The purpose of the fund isn’t to make money,” said Michael Pappas, a recent graduate of the MSF program and past GSIF portfolio manager. “The purpose of the fund is to learn.” Yet that learning has translated into financial success. The fund’s portfolio increased by 72 percent over