Finance Students Return to Global Asset Management Forum

April 10, 2014  |  by Lauren Agnello

  • NU Finance

    NU_Finance/Economics members are pictured at the G.A.M.E. Forum IV in New York City.

  • NASDAQ Wall

    NU_Finance/Economics President John Duffy was featured in Times Square from the NASDAQ OMX Closing Bell Ceremony.

  • Students on Wall Street

    Niagara University students pose for a photo in front of the iconic Wall Street bull.

This spring, 14 NU_Finance/Economics members, accompanied by Ed Hutton, assistant professor of finance and director of NU’s Financial Services Lab, attended the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) IV Forum. The forum – both educational and advantageous in terms of networking – took place in New York City from March 20 to 22 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. This prestigious conference was attended by participants from over 124 colleges and universities throughout the United States, as well as more than 23 countries.

Students attended workshops, career panels and listened to a variety of roughly 108 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop presenters, and student-managed portfolio competition judges, ranging from prominent economists and finance professionals to investment managers. A few of the esteemed speakers included Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist of Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ, John D. Rogers, CFA, president and chief executive officer of the CFA Institute, and Joseph M. Terranova, chief market strategist for Virtus Investment Partners and contributor to Fast Money on CNBC.

“This annual trip has become a highlight of the finance clubs schedule. Our students have the chance to meet with the world’s leading investment professionals, as well as explore one of the world’s most exciting cities,” said Hutton.

NU_Finance/Economics president John Duffy was awarded the opportunity to attend the NASDAQ OMX Closing Bell Ceremony the day before the conference started, and his picture was featured in Times Square.

“It was an unforgettable experience,” Duffy said. “Not only having the privilege to represent the school at the NASDAQ OMX Closing Bell Ceremony but the conference itself was extremely beneficial. I highly encourage anyone in the College of Business to join NU_Finance/Economics next fall and be able to go on all the trips the club has to offer.”

The first day of the forum was comprised of keynote panels discussing the global economy, global markets, corporate governance, and alternative assets vs. equities. Day two included a variety of breakout panels, workshops and keynote perspectives emphasizing portfolios, trading, trends and analysis. The last day focused on panels discussing career opportunities within the financial services industry.

According to Christopher Wallak, NU_Finance/Economics member, “The G.A.M.E. Forum was an experience I will never forget. The networking opportunities and learning experiences from prestigious executives is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”