Mission & Strategy

Objectives

Primary Objective

The Fund provides an opportunity for UMass Boston graduate students to gain experience managing an investment pool, including security selection, portfolio management, and fund operations.

Secondary Objective

The Fund will act as a philanthropic vehicle, providing scholarships to graduate students at UMass Boston on a needs basis. All gains above the Fund’s $100,000 principal will be used for student aid.

Security Selection

The Fund may incorporate a managed-beta strategy which shifts to low beta stocks when the market is expected to decline, and moves to high beta stocks when an increase in the market is anticipated. The Fund benefits from low trading costs which facilitate the Fund’s rebalancing transactions necessary when pursuing a managed-beta strategy. While the Fund primarily targets U.S. stocks and sector ETFs, it is not restricted from purchasing ADRs or non-equity ETFs for the purpose of diversification and reduced risk. This could include the purchase of fixed income, currency, commodity, and other investment vehicles.

Fund Allocation

The GSMF will be composed of both ETFs and individual stocks. A minimum of 50% of the portfolio will be comprised of ETFs with the remaining 50% being allocated to individual securities. No single stock position will exceed 5% of available funds earmarked for stock selection.

Restrictions

The Fund will not use leverage in any way to achieve the objectives. Non-equity investments, including cash, will be limited to 10% of the Fund’s assets whenever this can reasonably be achieved.

Buy, Sell, Hold Guidelines

Each security will be evaluated from a fundamental and technical perspective. Furthermore, Investment teams will incorporate event-driven analysis for each proposal. All trade buy orders will include a buy limit price above which the security will not be purchased.

Sell decisions will be driven by the following: Each security proposal will provide a target appreciation price at which point the security can be sold or re-evaluated as a hold recommendation based on an updated target price. The security will also be sold when the selection underperforms the respective sector ETF benchmark for two consecutive weeks, or falls to the stop loss price, should the Investment teams choose to use that option.

Strategy

The Graduate Student Managed Fund (GSMF) is an unleveraged, domestic balanced portfolio using the S&P 500 as its benchmark. The strategy is to use top-down asset allocation to maximize returns from various sectors of the U.S equities market. The class is expected to both underweight and overweight specific sectors of the index in order to outperform the S&P 500. The class is divided into teams and each team is responsible for their respective sectors and security selection.

The team uses both fundamental and technical analysis to present their weekly research to the class. The class then votes to establish a buy, sell, or hold recommendation. Decisions to change or add a particular security to the existing portfolio require a two-thirds majority vote of the class. The fund also generates newsletters and economic reports to help distinguish insight into the markets overall direction. The fund intends to rebalance its portfolio and sector allocations as economic and industry outlook may change.

Once the fund reaches a $100,000 market value, it will award need based scholarships according to the universities current policies and procedures as in effect from time to time.

 

FROM THE STUDENTS

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