Undergraduate students in the Department of Finance can gain hands-on experience managing a real investment portfolio set up the same as it would be in the business marketplace. The Undergraduate Student Investment Management Fund (SIM Fund) is a value-added benefit of being a finance bachelor's degree candidate at Arizona State University. A companion to the successful W. P. Carey MBA Investment Management Fund, the SIM Fund is directed by Jack D. Furst Professor of Finance Sunil Wahal.
The fund is presented in a course involving a full academic year commitment, with two credits earned in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. Students are assigned specific management responsibilities such as trend analysis, strategy development and formulation of key indexes for gauging fund performance. This course requires initiative and dedication and provides the return of real-world experience.