Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) has launched another new stock index, Artificial Intelligence.
Six Stetson University RGIP seniors spent months researching, vetting, analyzing and, ultimately, pitching to a board of faculty and student trustees a total of five stocks: the Artificial Intelligence index, which includes four publicly traded single stocks, and one stock that focuses on women’s health, specifically breast-cancer detection.
Attendees at a public trustee meeting in October were greeted by a computer-generated voice that seemed to converse with the first presenter, Stetson student Leah Hauserman.
“Artificial Intelligence is set for a 50-percent growth rate over the next five years, and my company is a market innovator in this industry, owning 59 percent of the MEMs [microelectro-mechanical systems] microphone market,” Hauserman said.
She asked the board to invest $100,000 from the RGIP Growth Fund.
“The stocks in the Artificial Intelligence Index will be first in its kind to directly invest in the pure-play companies in Artificial Intelligence,” said K.C. Ma, Ph.D., C.F.A., director of Stetson’s George Investments Institute, and the Roland and Sarah George Chair of Applied Investments for RGIP.
Christina Lint asked the trustees to consider a company that combines Google, Facebook, Amazon, Activision and Spotify, “a Chinese super-conglomerate of internet things.”
Lint discussed three growth drivers for the company and asked the board to invest $100,000.
The final presentation of the evening focused on a rising social issue.
“I’m here to recommend more than a stock,” explained student Bryce Holbrook. “I’m here to recommend a cause.”
He explained that there are 252,000 new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. each year, and every two minutes someone is diagnosed with it. The company he presented manufactures devices focusing on women’s health, such as breast-cancer detection. In fact, 40 percent of the company’s revenue is derived from breast-health-related activities.
Holbrook asked the board to invest $100,000.
By the end of the meeting, a total of $300,000 had been approved from the RGIP Growth Fund for investment in three stocks.
The Roland George board did reject some stock-purchase recommendations. Students Loic Blanco, Megan Christopher and Antoni Akkerman unsuccessfully pitched two additional stocks in the AI Index specifically dealing with wire-free charging and electric cars.
The new index joins the Cannabis, Drones9, Virtual Reality 4 and Cloud 4 indices successfully launched in previous years by RGIP students. The stocks in those indices have outperformed the market by 35 percent for the past five years, further solidifying the program’s performance record.
“This is real-world investing,” said Ma. “RGIP students are able to jump-start their money-management experience in their senior year at Stetson, giving them experience equal to five years of hands-on work experience, and outpacing the competition in the job market.”
— Marie Dinklage
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