On August 31, each student was given mock money in the sum of $100,000 to start and invest within the Investopedia game. Although though the stock market has seen some of the worst weeks in many years during this time period the class, on average, has gained $6,991.00 due to their investment skills in just 3 months. One student, senior Courtney Helton, gained $31,481.00.
TVA Investment Challenge is a one credit course that takes place each semester at TNU. The purpose of the course is to learn out about the operation of stocks and stock markets. In addition, the students compete against students from 24 other colleges and universities across the southeast (Vanderbilt, UT, U. of Memphis, U. of Kentucky, Tenn Tech, U. of Miss, etc.) to see which school can perform the best. TNU has been competing since Jan. 1, 2003 and has finished in the top half of teams every year. As part of this year’s course, each student created and operated a mutual fund over a three month period using an online simulation. The average student return for the three month period was 8.5% compared to 2.5% for the S&P 500.