Rebel Investment Group
Rebel Investment Group (RIG)
The UNLV Student Managed Fund, known as the Rebel Investment Group (RIG), was started in August 2010 and gained initial funding in the amount of $100,000 on March 31, 2011. The initial funding was made possible by the efforts of the UNLV Foundation and Dean Paul Jarley of the UNLV Lee Business School.
The Fund is managed by Student Analysts through a series of classes, FIN 425, FIN 426, and FIN 427, which covers the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. These classes provide the select group of Student Analysts the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in security research, asset valuation, asset allocation, and portfolio management as fiduciary fund managers of an actual investment portfolio.
Students work in teams having responsibility for specific sectors of the economy. In addition, students take on individual tasks, such as, Chief Administrator, Operations Manager, Economist, Equity Trader, Bond Trader, Technology Officer, Database Coordinator, and Statistician. Within this framework students are expected to research investment opportunities, generate investment ideas, and propose buy, sell, or hold recommendations based on their analysis. The class votes on all recommendations. Portfolio decisions must follow the framework spelled out in the Investment Policy Statement.
Enrollment into these classes is through permission of the instructor and based on prior course work success and interviews. Anyone interested in the Rebel Investment Group may contact the Program Director, Professor Sullivan.
Professor of Finance / Program Director
Department of Finance
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-6008
Contact Dr. Michael Sullivan
Professor Mike Sullivan has been at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1991. He was previously at Auburn University and has taught summer courses at the University of Hawaii– Manoa, La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from St. John Fisher College, a Masters in Business Administration from the Universityof Florida, and a PhD in Finance from Florida State University. His research interests include issues related to corporate governance and international finance and has published in journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, the Financial Review, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines in 1998 and 2005.
This position is principally responsible for running the weekly UNLV-SMF meetings. The Chief Administrator plans each meeting's Agenda and facilitates the business of those sessions. Additionally, this Officer oversees preparation of month-end, quarter-end, and year-end reports, and overseas planning of the Annual Report Luncheon at the conclusion of the academic year.
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