The Challenges of Managing a Student-Managed Fund

Harlan Platt, Paul Bolster


This paper summarizes our experiences as faculty advisors to the 360 Huntington Fund at Northeastern University. We strongly encourage other universities to provide their students with similar experiential investment opportunities. The paper details the role of students relative to the faculty in the fund, the selection of investment choices, and various difficulties encountered notably the need to replace high quality student managers as they graduate. Our objectives in creating the fund, beyond experiential learning, was to give students an advantage in their job search activity. This has been an unqualified success with our students getting more and better jobs as a result.


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