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Professor Joe Rinaldi has built up valuable relationships during his thirty years of capital markets and asset management experience. Giving his students access to these market leaders is a cornerstone of Professor Rinaldi's teaching strategy at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park.
Professor Rinaldi and his friends at Barron’s firmly believe in combining real world experience into formal education. Professor Rinaldi stated, “This Smith/Barron’s opportunity compliments my core philosophy to educate and assist students in beginning their careers in finance and investments. Our friends at Barron’s were kind enough to waive the $1,295.00 registration fee for each of our four students to attend their “Art of Successful Investing Conference.” The event was held on October 22nd at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. It was a one-day, limited-seating event that the premier financial magazine and website publisher described as a one-of-a-kind opportunity "to see and hear from investing luminaries at one place, at one time."
Professor Rinaldi's students participated in roundtable discussions on many key topics including domestic and global economic trends, individual stock picking strategies, U.S. presidential election insights, options strategies and practiced their networking skills. They heard and learned from some of the biggest names in the investment world. The experience they gained was priceless, especially since Barron's will not be making available a broadcast, replay, or repackaging of this information.
Students in Professor Rinaldi’s Futures, Options and Derivatives class (BMGT 444) are typically seniors who are looking ahead to their next stage in life - getting a job after they graduate. They enjoyed advantaged access to many potential employers at the event like Felix Zulauf of Zulauf Asset Management; Dan Fuss, Vice Chairman of Loomis Sayles, Meryl Witmer of Eagle Capital, Pat Neal of Treepoint Capital, as well as other members of the Barron's Roundtable.
The selection of the four students was extremely competitive. The screening process included submission of résumés, GPA scores greater than 3.8/4,0, relevant work experience, and a one-on-one interview. The four students who earned attendance include; Matya Magnezi, Justin Licameli, Alex Blum and Jon Szakelyhidi.
The students co-authored a White Paper (see above) on what they had learned and presented their findings orally during the Market Color segment of Professor Rinaldi's Futures, Options and Derivatives class.