Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Steven Levitt is coming to Buffalo

How many students would be interested in going up to see him? He is speaking at UB on Wed at 8pm. Tickets are $14. We can check into getting a van if there is interest.

Brief Bio: Steven Levitt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "He is one of the most well known economists amongst laymen, having co-authored the best-selling book Freakonomics (2005). Levitt was chosen as one of Time Magazine's '100 People Who Shape Our World' in 2006.[1]"

Here is more from Time.

AXA interviews

Resumes Due: Friday, Nov. 2
Employer: AXA Advisors
Position: Financial Services Rep.
Majors: All majors
Additional information is available in your SBU College Central account. Please contact the Career Center, if you have any questions.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Student investors exceed beyond buy low, sell high - Features

Student investors exceed beyond buy low, sell high - Features:
"Bridget Hurley, portfolio manager of the class and club, said the group began
in 2002 with $40,000 in donations which has grown into nearly $48,000. In
addition, the group manages $100,000 of the university's endowment. 'For the
university to let us invest their money the way we do ours shows how successful
we've been in the past,' she said. 'We've had annual positive returns.'"

Cross listed on BonaSimm and FinanceClass blogs

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Google Docs - Answer key finance 401 test 1

Google Docs - Answer key finance 401 test 1: Ok, so you are supposed to be able to publish via Google Documents...but it did not work very well. Just click on the link and it does work.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Finance 401 test results

First a story...

In one of the first classes I ever taught there was a student who performed very poorly on the first test of the semester. He was the lowest in the class by quite a bit, a real outlier.

He was an athlete and I had to tell his coach. It was not fun.

But the student stopped me and assured me it was just a bad test and he would figure it out and show a big improvement.

Well he did. Reading the book, going over the notes, etc. and by the next test he scored above average. Continuing this progression he had one of the higher grades by the final and ended with an A- for the class. So it can be done! Do not lose hope after one exam. It means very little. It can serve as a wake up call but that is about it.

The breakdown:
Raw Percentage of
score 250 200
mean 141.4681 0.565 0.707
median 143 0.572 0.715
stdev 26.1541

max 199 0.796 0.995
min 87 0.348 0.435

I will post the key later today

Monday, October 01, 2007

Free Money Finance: Get a Job by Volunteering

Free Money Finance: Get a Job by Volunteering:
"One of the tried and true principles of getting a new job is to network with others. I hear this tip all the time. A subset of this suggestion is to volunteer your time and experience for a non-profit/charity event. This way, you'll be able to help out a needy cause and at the same time expose your (great) skills to a ton of new people -- one of which may want to give you a new job.....So if you're in the market for a new job (or even if you aren't), let me suggest that you look for an opportunity to volunteer and showcase your talents."