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The College of Saint Rose recently signed an agreement with Capital IQ, a major global provider of respected and comprehensive financial data that is used by financial professionals and at many top U.S. business schools. This agreement provides students in our Huether School of Business enhanced experiential learning opportunities with reliable research and analytical tools for the classroom, investment competitions, and perhaps in the future, research competitions. Capital IQ’s parent company, S&P Global, is known for providing ratings (Standard and Poor Ratings), benchmarks (e.g., S&P Dow Jones Indices), analytics, and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.

Students will now be using the same service employed by investment bankers, fund managers, security analysts, commercial bankers, and corporate executives.

“We are thrilled to be offering this tool to our Huether School of Business students for strategic decision making,” said Dr. Raj Aroskar, dean of the Huether School of Business. “It is critical that our students are skilled at using these tools and interacting with the data, not only for their success in the classroom but well-beyond. We are preparing Saint Rose business students to be strategic thinkers and leading professionals.”

The Bachelor of Science in Finance program at Saint Rose offers a broad knowledge base, covering core theories of investment, corporate finance and banking, and financial institutions, but it also offers a unique level of practical experience.

Along with high-level internship opportunities, trading and investment competitions play a critical role in the finance program. Students have managed funds in an actual investment portfolio as well as fictitious ones, taking on the same challenges and responsibilities as those of professional asset managers and making decisions over the creation, management, and liquidation of their portfolio. They also learn to professionally communicate investment strategies and portfolio performance, preparing them to do the very same one day in their careers.

“Providing Huether School of Business access to Capital IQ will elevate the work we do in the classroom, and in activities such as the annual investment competition in which students compete against other colleges to build the most successful portfolio,” said Dr. Dandan Wu, associate professor of finance. “They will enter the workforce already skilled in using Capital IQ data, and this, combined with the strong foundation of a Huether School of Business education, helps them to stand out as job candidates when they enter the career field.”

Graduates of the finance program have gone on to work for Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Bank of America, Nike Paris, Pan European Asset Company, Redburn, KPMG, GE, and Ayco – a Goldman Sachs Company, among many others.