Hofstra Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

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Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)
at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Group photo of SMIF students

Welcome to the site of the Hofstra Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

The Student Managed Investment Fund, which began in fall 2016, provides the unique experiential learning opportunity for students to manage an investment pool of real money. Students participate through FIN 155A and FIN155B and those who meet a number of qualifying requirements are afforded the opportunity and responsibility of gaining experience as portfolio managers and security analysts.

Course participants utilize the Martin B. Greenberg Trading Room, featuring Bloomberg Professional terminals, to manage investments.

View the profiles of the current and recent student SMIF managers and analysts, and current holdings of the SMIF.

Edward ZychowiczEdward J. Zychowicz, PhD, CFA, CMT
Chief Faculty SMIF Advisor
Professor of Finance


Sandra Rittenhouse

"Hofstra's Student Managed Investment Fund was undoubtedly the capstone of my Finance coursework at Hofstra. The Student Managed Investment Fund afforded me the opportunity to apply and vastly expand on what I learned in the classroom, while also giving me the flexibility to pursue projects in the sectors that interested me the most. Now that I have begun my professional career, I continue to use both the hard and soft skills I learned in the program daily. I highly recommend the Student Managed Investment Fund to any student who is excited by the opportunity to get hands-on experience navigating today's financial markets."
— Sandra Rittenhouse, BBA Finance, Minor Economics

Chen Qi

"I am very glad I selected this course. I've gained real life experience with stock pitches, analyzing market data, and utilizing financial reports. For me, this course is a fortune."
—Chen Qi, MS Quantative Finance

Michael Lockwood

"The SMIF experience at Hofstra provides student managers with a unique blend of learning and real-world application. The program brings together exceptionally self-motivated analysts who conduct in-depth fundamental and quantitative research on a diverse selection of equities. The benefits provided by SMIF far outweigh the rigor of the program, preparing students with the skills most valued by employers."
—Michael Lockwood, BBA Finance, Minor Accounting

Xiaofei(Helen) Wang

"SMIF offered me a great opportunity to think as a professional equity analyst, and the systematic investment logic I learnt there can be applied in my early career. Overall, this course is very helpful, productive, and educational. Thank you for bringing us such a wonderful opportunity! This is the most educational aspect of the Master of Science in Finance program."
—Xiaofei Wang, MS Finance

Kevin Tripp

"I consider the Student Managed Investment Fund to be one of the greatest assets of my undergraduate experience at Hofstra University. Under the keen guidance of Dr. Zychowicz, I loved the opportunity to take the topics that I learned in other classes and apply them to the live capital markets in an attempt to provide investment recommendations. The journey proved to be a rewarding challenge, where I feel that many of the skills and lessons learned helped me prepare and excel in my subsequent internship in equity research."
—Kevin Tripp, BBA Finance