College of Business (COB)

CardHub’s Credit Predictions for 2015

Wed, Dec 3, 2014 - 11:17am

A crystal ball is a valuable thing. After all, if any of us truly had one, we could make a killing in the stock market. But while 20-20 vision is ultimately reserved for hindsight and no one can actually predict the future, we can indeed make some educated guesses as to what the coming months will hold for our wallets.

Doing so is especially important as we prepare to celebrate the holidays, ring in the New Year, and turn the page on 2014 because it will enable us to chart a path toward financial success in 2015 and away from missteps and money loss. With that in mind, CardHub’s editors have consulted a number of prominent...

Going for broke wins the day for UNT investment team

Tue, Dec 2, 2014 - 8:00pm

Three University of North Texas underclassmen know about laying it all on the line.

That’s how the sophomore finance majors of team GoMeanGreen beat 244 other collegiate teams in TD Ameritrade Inc.’s first “thinkorswim Challenge.”

Led by team captain Mason Hendrickson, the UNT trio parlayed $500,000 in play money into $1,565,176 after four weeks of mythical trading that used TD Ameritrade’s teaching software that syncs with real-time market activity.

Even more impressive: Half of GoMeanGreen’s final tally was posted in the final hours of the contest. That’s when Hendrickson decided to go all in to keep from...

UNT team aims to reduce waste at soup kitchen and beyond

Tue, Nov 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

A team of University of North Texas graduate students led by an economics professor are working to create a statistical-forecasting model intended to help a local soup kitchen eliminate waste.

Economics professor Michael McPherson is spearheading the effort, funded by a community-engagement grant.

"We may actually be able to help other soup kitchens in the area and outside of the area," McPherson said.

Our Daily Bread, a Denton soup kitchen, serves an average of 205 meals a day, according to its executive director, Millie Bell. She's the kitchen's only full-time employee.

"If something comes in the...

Team takes risks for win

Thu, Nov 20, 2014 - 11:37am

If three University of North Texas students used real money in a recent investment competition, they would be rich.

The students grew their virtual investment portfolio 213 percent in four weeks, winning the first ever Thinkorswim Challenge, a virtual stock trading competition put on by TD Ameritrade. The UNT students beat out hundreds of other students from 96 universities across the country.

Through its website, TD Ameritrade established a virtual network for the students to use the fake money and “invest” in stocks and options. All of the stocks and options performed in real time like the actual stocks did on the...

UNT students become virtual millionaires

Wed, Nov 19, 2014 - 1:40pm

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They're just college sophomores, and already they've learned a pretty valuable trade.

Three business students at the University of North Texas who had honed their skills investing in their business school's trade room entered into a TD Ameritrade competition recently to play the real stock market using fake money for one month.

Sitting with his teammates, Bao Lam and Josue...