The Finance Major at Loras College is directed at students seeking careers in the financial services industry as well as those wishing to enhance their finance knowledge and skills for other personal and professional endeavors.
The financial services industry includes careers in banking, insurance, pension management, corporate finance and investments.
Our students have been successful in securing excellent career positions in these areas all over the Midwest at companies like Principal Financial, Prudential, Heartland Financial, Lazard Ltd, IBM, Chicago Board of Trade and many others.
One of the most novel offerings in the major is the LIFE Portfolio Class where students actually manage part of the Loras College endowment in the stock market. The students have not only learned firsthand how to select and manage investments, they have in most periods garnered exceptional returns.
Loras' Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter provides opportunities for our students to learn more about finance and business careers as well as network with professionals in finance and the business field. The club also provides students the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels in finance-related events and a broad range of other business-related topics.
One of the most popular campus events sponsored by our finance students is the Stock Market Game competition. Those who participate compete against each other by simulated investing in the stock market to grow the largest portfolio. Those who are at the top at the end of the competition each semester win valuable prizes. It is not only a tremendous learning opportunity for those who participate it also is a fun activity pitting student against student and student against faculty. The number of participants each semester has grown to over 80 students.
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