Imagine you are a finance undergrad and have access to the same Bloomberg software and terminals as veteran stock traders and are responsible for a real-life diversified investment portfolio, currently valued at about $1.5 million in stocks and bonds.
Cal State Fullerton business students who are enrolled in the two-course Applied Security Analysis Program (ASAP), specializing in either stock or bond investments, have access to such resources and experiences thanks to the Titan Capital Management center, a high-tech interactive lab housed in Mihaylo Hall and made possible through the generous support of finance alumnus Jeffrey Van Harte ’80, chair and chief investment officer of Jackson Square Partners.
“This program has leveled the playing field for our students,” says ASAP Managing Director Mike Milligan. “It’s a great learning experience to work in that kind of atmosphere.”
When the students graduate and enter the industry, employers – ranging from Orange County boutique firms such as Green Street Advisors to top-tier internationally-recognized institutions such as Goldman Sachs – covet their real-world experience managing a stock portfolio. These companies understand that graduates of the ASAP program are familiar with the volatility of today’s financial markets and have learned through experience the technical and human skills professional investors, securities analysts and money managers need to succeed.
For a general overview, check out Banking on Hands-On Learning. For a look at how the program prepares students for the rigors and uncertainty of financial markets, continue reading Titan Capital Management Students Experience Volatility of Stock Market from CSUF News.