Baylor Student Finishes in Top Two Percent in Worldwide Portfolio Challenge

Brandon Hemphill
Brandon Hemphill
Jan. 22, 2016

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 22, 2016) – Brandon Hemphill, B.B.A. (International Business and Finance) '15, finished 16th of 1,000 students from four continents in the Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) Global Portfolio Challenge.

The ETF Global Portfolio Challenge is an online simulation that allows students to learn about investing in exchange-traded products. Each competitor constructs a portfolio with a virtual amount of $100,000. The student with the highest portfolio return wins.

"Events like the ETF Portfolio Challenge are a wonderful opportunity for students to take what they are learning in the classroom and put it into practice in a competitive environment," said Matthew Quade, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. "These types of events push our students to engage the real world in a way that is difficult to simulate in the classroom. Ultimately, these kinds of experiences can be a critical piece for students to truly develop as thinkers, decision makers and future leaders."

Hemphill said he was excited about his strong finish in the challenge. He said Ted Moorman, Ph.D, assistant professor of finance, insurance and real estate, was a major influence on him during his time at Baylor.

"Along with my individual research, Dr. Moorman helped me develop a clearer understanding of how markets operate and provided theory-based evidence that assisted me in determining a strategy for the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge," he said.

Moorman said Hemphill possesses persistence, drive and focus, which was likely critical to his trading success.

"Participating in online national and international competitions related to a student’s vocational interests offers opportunities to broaden peer networks and receive recognition at a national level," Moorman said. "It also gives students skills that are valuable to potential employers and provides them with a better idea of what is involved in particular vocations."

The enrollment deadline for the Spring 2016 ETF Global Portfolio Challenge is Friday, Feb. 12.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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