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Girard Students Meet Financial Industry Experts in NY at the Global Asset Management Education Forum

April 10, 2014
“An amazing program for students to learn about the financial industry”

Finance students seeking insights into investment management careers flock to New York City each spring to hear 100 speakers from top-flight companies.

“It’s an amazing program for students to learn about the financial industry,” says Jameson Dunn ’15, one of five Girard finance students to attend the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) IV Forum March 22-24 in New York City.

“We were exposed to the highest level of experts in our field and met some of the top students in finance from around the world,” adds Dunn, president of the Merrimack Financial Group, a student club in the Girard School.

Quinnipiac University hosts the G.A.M.E. Forum along with NASDAQ OMX to gather students and faculty from numerous business schools to interact with industry leaders and learn best practices. This year’s event attracted more than 1,000 students from 131 colleges in 21 countries. This year Finance students –  Jameson Dunn, Shane Simbeck, Nicholas Buonvicino, Nicole Morissey, and Jamie Clinton – attended the conference during Merrimack’s spring break.

G.A.M.E. Forum provides participants lessons in three categories, says Dunn: career planning, analytic techniques and perspectives on the current economy.

The key takeaway for Dunn was that “hard work, intelligence and interpersonal skills are the three most important attributes for students entering the field.

“My favorite quote of the conference was, ‘You need to learn the rules of the game and play the game better than anyone else.’’’

David Darst, a former managing director and chief investment strategist at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, gave participants good advice: “He told us to become an expert at something and wear it well by having outside interests and balance through your career life, family life, creative spirit, helping others and athleticism,” Dunn says. 

Panelists provided investing techniques for students to add to their analytic skills. The panelists suggested five questions that analysts always should remember:

  • What is the pace of growth?

  • What is inflation?

  • Where are interest rates? Follow the yield curve.

  • Where is the dollar?

  • What are corporate profit levels?

Three speakers concluded their remarks with good advice, as summarized by Dunn:

“The first panelist said trading is not investing; investing is saving, but trading is not. The next speaker told us to learn how to get to zero and know when to stop losing money. The last speaker stressed not fighting the Federal Reserve.”

Other speakers included Abby Joseph Cohen, senior investment strategist at Goldman Sachs; Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management; Joe Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade; and John Silva, chief economist for Wells Fargo Securities.

Accompanied by finance professor Mary Papazian, the Girard students took the train from Boston’s South Station to New York City. The forum took place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

“To give Merrimack College finance students the opportunity to enter into the center of the financial world allowed students the ability to feel the energy of the city,” says Dunn, a double major in business administration, with a concentration in finance, and economics.

Dunn, whom Papazian said was the student picked to be part of the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony on the forum’s final day, raves about the three-day experience:

“The forum painted a great picture of the complexity and structure of the current economy and market. This was an amazing trip.”


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