The Torch Funds
A Portfolio Management Opportunity for Graduate and Undergraduate Students in the Haslam College of Business
Haslam and LaPorte Torch Funds
Opportunity for First-Year MBA Students
Due to the generosity of Jim Haslam, Pilot Travel Centers (Knoxville, TN) and Christopher and Quinita LaPorte, Coastal Securities (Houston, TX), UT's first year MBA students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience managing a portfolio of securities. During the four calendar quarters beginning October 1st and concluding September 30th, students selected to participate will manage the Haslam Torch Fund or the LaPorte Torch Fund. Combined, these funds are currently worth approximately $1.5 million. Torch Fund managers are selected each September, and those selected receive a total of three hours of academic credit for their one-year tenure as a wealth manager. The three hours in Finance 585 count as a finance elective and are awarded at the end of the one-year tenure. Each fund is responsible for four, written quarterly reports and various oral presentations. The quarterly reports detail the fund's holdings and performance over a particular quarter and relate that performance to a benchmark based on the S&P 500 and Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (see link below for the most recent reports). If you have questions or wish to be considered for the position of portfolio manager, please contact the current faculty advisor, Dr. Deborah Harrell, Department of Finance, 431 Stokley Management Center, at 865-974-8396, or via email at email@example.com.
McClain Torch Fund
Opportunity for Undergraduate Students
Beginning fall 2016, UT's junior and senior undergraduate students in the Haslam College of Business have the opportunity to gain valuable experience managing a portfolio of securities via the McClain Torch Fund. The purpose of the the Fund is to provide an experiential learning experience that will add to a student’s financial education and thus enhance his/her potential investments-related employment. The McClain Torch Fund managers will receive a maximum of three-hours of academic credit in finance (Finance 495) for their multi-semester management of the fund. Each semester, managers will be responsible for a performance report as well as various oral presentations. Performance will be benchmarked against the S&P500. If you have questions or wish to be considered for the position of portfolio manager, please contact the current faculty advisor, Mr. Darren Williams, CFA, at 865-541-4747 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The profiles for the 2015-2016 torch fund managers are here.
The profiles for the incoming 2016-2017 torch fund managers are here.
View most recent quarterly fund reports here.
Haslam and LaPorte Torch Fund managers attending the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum in NYC, March 29-April 1st, 2017.
Those attending are: Yanrui Ma, Daniel Pitcher, Collin Thul, Tanvi Hukerikar, Phillip Montag, John Keny, Ben Vega and Chris Morris.
Chris Morris (center), Haslam Torch Fund Manager, serves as a panelist on Corporate Governance Session at the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. VII Forum held in NYC, March 29-April 1st, 2017.
Fall 2016 LaPorte Torch Fund Presentations
From left to right: Mrs. Quinita LaPorte, Jeff Entin, Mr. Chris LaPorte, Krysia Camino, and Virgina Schaedle
Picture taken of Jim Haslam, Pilot Oil Flying J and the 2015-16 Haslam Torch Fund managers.
From left to right: Colin Campbell, Shane Kaster, Mr. James Haslam, Tyler Morgan, Thatiana Haddad de Carvalho, and Ridge Carter
Torch Fund Professional Advisory Board
Torch Fund Professional Advisory Group, Fall 2016 Torch Fund Presentations
From left to right: Mr. Aaron Sams, Ms. Miranda Davis, Mr. Chris LaPorte, Mr. Bll Hankins, and Mr. Coleton Bragg
Meet the Torch Fund Professional Advisory Board here.
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