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Does Your Alma Mater?

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Does Your Alma Mater?



The following is an excerpt from Modern Trader’s first issue, available on newsstands at Barnes & Noble today.

If you want to become a better trader and read the one magazine dedicated to separating the signal from the noise, take advantage of one special opportunity and get a sneak peek at July’s inaugural issue, right here.

Stony Brook Alumni Leads All Schools in Investing Performance from May 2014 to May 2015

Stony Brook University boosts an enrollment of more than 26,000 students, and counts talk show host Joy Behar, major league pitcher Joe Nathan, and Pulitzer Prize winner Scott Higham among its notable alumni.

What you don’t know about the public university -- housed along the shores of Long Island – is that the school’s alumni are proving that you don’t need an Ivy League diploma to be a successful investor.

According to data compiled at OpenFolio, a social platform that allows traders to share their portfolio and gain actionable insight from others in the community, Stony Brook graduates had an average 22.2% investment returns over the last year (Ending in May).

OpenFolio, which is profiled in Modern Trader’s cover story False Prophet$, encourages individuals to share their investments and financial insight across their networks. While dollar amounts of individual positions are not shared, investors share the stocks, mutual funds, bonds and ETFs that they are holding, buying and selling. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 alumni groups' returns, according to OpenFolio.

  1. Stony Brook University                                                                          22.2%
  2. California Polytechnic State University                                                  21.8%
  3. University of South Florida                                                                    19.5%
  4. University of Cincinnati                                                                         19.4%
  5. University at Buffalo                                                                              19.3%
  6. University of Delaware - Lerner College of Business and Economics     18.7%
  7. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                                                            18.5%
  8. Northeastern University                                                                          18.5%
  9. University of California, Santa Barbara                                                   18.3%
  10. Full Sail University                                                                                 17.9%

Absent from the top ten are Ivy League schools, the graduates of Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, or Columbia. While the S&P 500 was up more than 14.2% over the previous 12 months, members of the Harvard’s alumni group had average returns of 7.7%. Yale grads had returns of 9.2%, and Columbia University’s group registered at 10.8%. Also absent are graduates from schools with remarkably reputable finance and economics departments like Northwestern University and University of Chicago

So what has been Stony Brook alumni and students secret to success?

An overweight allocation that centers on technology stocks. The average Stony Brook alumni member held 42% of its portfolio in tech stocks, which outpaced the S&P 500 over those 12 months.

OpenFolio also allows investors to see more than just alumni groups. The social sharing site allows user to see the holdings of all members, which range from hedge fund managers to college students. Additional segments available for a breakdown of performance include professions, age groups, and gender.  Pharmaceutical professionals proved to be the most successful investors, returning 13.7% over the 12 months measured, while the average investor registered at 8.6%, lagging the S&P benchmark.

[Editor's Note: Only one finanial magazine is dedicated to separating the signal from the noise, and helping you find actionable investment insight in one monthly publication. To get a sneak peek at July’s inaugural issue, right here.]
















































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