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Announcing SMIFUK22: the UK's first Conference of Student Managed Investment Funds

Posted on 11 January 2022

The University of York and the Griff Investment Fund are pleased to announce the UK's first SMIF conference.

Date of event: 9 March 2022

Last booking date for this event: 16 February 2022

Venue: ARC/014, Alcuin Research Resource Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD

Student managed investment funds (SMIFs) are big business in the US, often with many millions of dollars of funds under management. SMIFs are an increasingly popular feature of UK universities but until now the only conferences have been in the US. The University of York and the Griff Investment Fund are pleased to announce the UK's first SMIF conference.

We want to examine a wide range of topics relevant to SMIFs as small institutional investors, ranging from how to select new student analysts, strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion in the analyst body, financial decision making and biases, asset pricing, financial forecasting, volatility and co-movement of assets, and market sentiment. We aim to include topics presented by SMIF committee members, staff supervising them, investment academics, industry professionals (especially SMIF alumni) and investment authors and journalists. Proposals for talks on all these topics are welcome.

We are keeping the ticket price low to encourage attendance by student analysts from SMIFs around the UK. We also have some funds to cover travel costs where the student cannot claim it back from their home university - please enquire for details. Speakers will be invited to a quality restaurant in the evening and can claim hotel and travel costs. The ticket price includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.

Competitions will include a poster competition to introduce your SMIF and a portfolio building competition, with prizes.

Registration fee:

Early bird fee - £10 before 31 January 2022

Standard fee - £20 from 1 February 2022

Register for the event