Masters Investment Learning Center
237 Haslam Business Building
Masters ILC Director: Dr. Laura Seery Cole
435 Stokely Management Center
Department of Finance
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
The Masters Investment Learning Center (Masters ILC) in the Haslam Business Building was funded entirely through the generosity of private donations. It occupies a very visible, high-profile space in UT's newly renovated business school complex and provides the college with a facility offering real-world market investment experiences through venues such as Bloomberg terminals.
Mission of the Masters Investment Learning Center
Our mission is to promote and facilitate business education and research through experiential learning. We strive to provide educational opportunities and enrichment activities for our students, faculty, and professional community.
Vision of the Masters Investment Learning Center
To fulfill our mission, we will provide a state-of-the-art facility which includes cutting-edge technology. We will teach skills and provide education to enhance career opportunities for students and faculty throughout the Knoxville campus. Recognizing that corporate outreach is an extremely valuable part of business education, we will increase interaction between students, faculty, and the business community.
Providing access to Bloomberg data terminals, the Masters Investments Learning Center facilitates instruction leading to Bloomberg Acknowledgments. UT students can get acknowledged in equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, or commodities. Both students and faculty gain access to real-time and historical information regarding approximately five million financial instruments on the Bloomberg terminals.
Finance students interact with investment professionals and top firms while getting real-world experience and mentoring. This challenge converges students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies, and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally, and globally for a real world competition. The CFA Society of Louisville hosts this challenge, which includes Louisville, Bellarmine, Indiana University Southeast, and Butler University. The universities assemble teams of five students who work directly with a company to research and prepare a company analysis. The teams’ final presentations are locally evaluated by high-profile panels of heads of research, portfolio managers, and chief investment officers from the world’s top firms. Winners from the local competition then advance to regional competitions in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, and then to the global finale. Dr. Alvaro G. Taboada, CFA is the faculty advisor and he can be contacted at email@example.com.
This is a two-part competition pitting teams of undergraduate and graduate students from such colleges and universities as Brown, Columbia, George Washington, Penn State, Rice, Syracuse, University of Texas at Austin, and Yale against each other. In the electronic trading phase, each team is allocated a mock $100,000 trading allowance to buy and sell crude oil and natural gas futures contracts. Teams are required to make a minimum of three trades per day using the CQG Trading Platform. After three weeks of trading, the four teams with the top trading account balances advance to a final round and compete for cash prizes and internships. In the second phase of the competition, individual students train in the techniques of exchange floor “open outcry” trading. After training, they compete in a simulated futures trading session and are judged by NYMEX traders on their ability to fill orders and utilize proper trading techniques. Top traders win cash prizes and internships. Dr. Phillip Daves is the faculty advisor and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college's Haslam and LaPorte Torch Fund activities are housed in the Masters Investment Learning Center, giving Torch Fund managers unlimited use of the center's resources. In addition, the Masters Investment Learning Center provides support for the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge and the NYMEX Commodities Challenge. Dr. Deborah Harrell is the faculty advisor, and she can be contacted at email@example.com.
The UT Investment Group is an active, student-managed organization that is dedicated to improving its members’ understanding of investment management and to helping members develop practical investment skills and test them in the markets. The UT Investment Group provides a forum to discuss and learn about investing, and activities include hosting distinguished guest speakers, visiting investors around the U.S., and studying for the CFA Level I exam. Mrs. Laura Cole is the faculty advisor and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.