Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winner's Spotlight - ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Wyatt Smith is a student at the University of Central Florida who will be graduating in 2017. He has been a prominent player in the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge since its inception but this past semester he was a standout as he placed 1st in our highest played competition to date!

We asked Wyatt a few questions about the game and his career aspirations – here’s what he had to say:

Q.  What's your biggest takeaway from the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge?

A.  Practice is the prequel. Through the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge, I was able to take advantage of rebalancing strategies while leveraging access to a multitude of different market sectors, indices and commodities to be successful. The opportunities that accompany the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge have assisted me in identifying trends and growing my knowledge base on the use of Exchange-Traded-Products. Learning this and applying it to the markets in a simulated manner has been extremely advantageous in applying investment hypotheses.

Q.  What are your career aspirations?

A.  My aspirations focus on serving others with their investments. Whether it is working as an Investment Adviser and applying sound, specific financial recommendations for clients, or as a licensed Agent of a broker-dealer to execute trades and requests for my book of investors, I would be doing what I am deeply passionate about. I would not be opposed to gaining experience in either avenue of this diverse industry.

Q.  What did you learn about ETFs and investing?

A.  ETFs have been a great educational tool for me, as it has been for many students and aspiring investors. ETFs capture overall industries, sectors, indices and commodities with all of the exposure to the systematic and unsystematic risk of the market. They provide diversification and are extremely useful to money managers who expose their clients to specific areas of the market while still remaining diversified. What has been most educational and experimental for my own experiences are the different implementation/trading methods that can be executed through the use of leveraged funds.

We thank Wyatt for his participation in this survey and commend him on his impressive performance in our portfolio challenge.

Enrollment (Free) for the Spring 2017 Portfolio Challenge is currently open until Friday, February 17th at We invite all college students to compete and learn about the markets and the fast-growing world of ETFs.

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