Real-world investment experience

Finance is about more than just the numbers. It’s about finding, following, managing and making money within corporate, investment, banking, insurance, and real estate environments.

As a Louisiana Tech finance major, you’ll get hands-on experience in research, pricing, and investing through career-building internships, simulated training, and managing real-world portfolios. Plus, you’ll enjoy access to Ray’s Financial Trading Room (a state-of-the-art real-world trading environment) and our Student Managed Investment Fund (a $200,000 long-term investment portfolio finance students manage). Our robust curriculum, combined with our CFA® University Affiliation, fully prepares you to lead the future of investment management in the high-tech international marketplace.


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To view the minors available to College of Business students, please visit our Minors page. To learn more about the finance minor, click below.

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Ray’s Financial Trading Room

Ray’s Financial Trading Room replicates a real-world trading environment and functions as both a classroom and a laboratory. Students have exclusive access to the same tools and software that are used on Wall Street. The room is equipped with a ticker board which displays market data for a variety of stocks, indices, bonds, currencies and commodities. The applicable technology, devices and software allow students to be locked into real life simulations—making trades and performing research in real-time on companies and markets from around the world. The “bench layout” design of the room also mimics that of an actual Wall Street trading desk and can be rearranged to allow for a collaborative seating environment to foster face to face interaction between students and faculty.

Student Managed Investment Fund

The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) is driven by College of Business undergraduate finance students who are responsible for all investment research, portfolio positions and reporting. The $200,000 fund provides real-world experience in managing a long-term investment portfolio with an annual growth objective relative to appropriate benchmarks. It is overseen by an advisory board and presented annually to the full board. The SMIF provides the College of Business with funds for technology upgrades, student travel and other program enhancements—such as the RISE Global Student Investment Strategy Symposium, where students may participate in the portfolio competition and hear presentations from nationally renowned industry leaders. 


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