The Department of Finance has the following Student Organizations:
Students in SEED manage a real stock portfolio valued at approximately $5 million. Funds for the portfolio come from Virginia Tech's endowment fund, which is SEED's sole client. Students in SEED learn how to gather data on industry sectors and individual companies, model company financials, perform valuation analyses, trade stocks, reposition the portfolio to respond to market conditions, and prepare periodic reports on the portfolio and its holdings. SEED students also compete in stock pitch contests held at other universities. SEED is one of largest undergraduate student-managed funds in the nation. Students are selected for SEED each semester through a competitive process.
Students in BASIS (Bond and Securities Investing by Students) manage a real fixed income (bond) portfolio valued at approximately $5 million. Funds for the portfolio come from Virginia Tech's endowment fund, which is BASIS' sole client. BASIS invests in investment grade corporate bonds, US Treasury and agency bonds, government sponsored enterprise bonds, and U.S dollar-denominated sovereign and supranational bonds. The BASIS fund is one of the few undergraduate student-managed funds devoted solely to debt instruments in the country, as well as one of the largest. Students in BASIS learn about how economic conditions, monetary policy and interest rate changes impact the bond market and its interest rates; how to perform corporate credit analyses; how bond indexes work; how factors such as duration and credit quality impact the performance of individual bonds and the portfolio; and how to prepare reports and presentations on the portfolio and its holdings. Students are selected for BASIS each year through a competitive process.
Faculty Advisor: George Morgan
The Finance club provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of the financial world through professional and social activities.
Faculty Advisor: Wally Newton
Financial Planning Association Student Chapter
The Financial Planning Association (FPA) Student Chapter is a student-run organization dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to students interested in entering the financial planning profession, whether through comprehensive financial planning or private wealth management. Our students gain perspective from many different types of visiting financial planners to further their understanding of the profession, shaping the type of planners they will become. The organization is involved with Junior Achievement, which involves community service participation in local schools teaching young students the basics of financial literacy.
Faculty Advisors: Derek Klock
Additional Student Orginizations