A week before finals

Hi there!

This is Ferny again, sharing some new stories about the SMF program.

These past few weeks have been busy for everyone, as first-session finals are right around the corner. Personally, right after attending the Prospanica Conference, I came back to Columbus to take a midterm that Monday. Since then first session classes have gone by rather fast and now it is time for finals! In this post, I would like to highlight a couple of activities that happened at Fisher since the last time I posted.

During one of our investment classes, we were fortunate to receive a visit from SMF alum Nitish Gupta. Nitish is currently working at Diamond Hill Capital Management as an ETF Consultant. He shared his advice on career search, networking skills and how to break into investment management.

Nitish Gupta at Fisher

Professor Pinteris also held a professional development presentation in which he described thoroughly different career paths that we could follow within finance. This session helped students who are still undecided about which career track to follow, get a better idea of career options available for Master in Finance students. Professor Pinteris also gave great advice on what steps to follow for specific career paths.

More recently we heard from Phil Renaud, the Executive Director of Risk Institute as well as Mary Beth McMormick, Executive Director of the Real Estate Center as they presented their respective organizations and several activities organized by their institutes throughout the year.

As a side note, my classmates and I also spent a lot of time these past few weeks at the Bloomberg Computer Lab, completing assignments for our Financial Software Applications class.

Picture of SMF students in Bloomberg mode, completing the Bloomberg Markets Concept course on the Bloomberg Terminal.

Side note 2, I hope you had the time to watch the Buckeyes’ comeback versus Penn State recently. If you follow college football we have climbed up to the number 3 spot in the AP top 25 poll, beating all other Big Ten schools. As always, it is a great time to be a Buckeye!

I promise to make the next post a little longer and to share with you more stories outside academics. 😊

I hope you all have a great rest of your week.

– Ferny

Bloomberg: So Many Functions


The Bloomberg TerminalOne of the big selling points for the SMF program for me was the technology and the tools that would be at my disposal for learning and schoolwork. In my undergrad, I was able to use it once and loved that experience and couldn’t wait until I had one at my disposal. I finally got my hands on my first one recently.

The Bloomberg Terminal: The most powerful financial research and database in the world.

A massive data stream, unparalleled in scope and depth, delivered to your desktop in real time. Along with data, the Bloomberg Professional® provides access to all the news, analytics, communications, charts, liquidity, functionalities and execution services that you need to put knowledge into action.

Dr. Pinteris had one of the Bloomberg representative’s come in and provide more or less a crash course in the technology. He briefly covered how powerful the terminal was. You can do anything from look up historical bond yields to exclusive news stories to dividend discount models for any of the 410,000 equities. The rep added that there are so many functions that he doesn’t know all of them.

In the past week, I’ve spent 6 hours working on the terminal. Working at this point with my frame of mind is more like playing though. I just sit there, watch instructional videos and go into functions to learn more and obtain a better feel.  It is an important skill to have because in the Investments community, knowledge of Bloomberg is essential. Having the navigational skills on the terminal before entering the job market will give a boost to my marketability.