Barclays to Support SCFAS Student Investment Management Program

News Story: May 17, 2013

The Investment Management Program (IMP) of Stamford has announced that Barclays is joining the list of corporate supporters that serve as an inspiration to the program, thereby helping to cultivate a young generation of future CFA charter holders. Through a partnership with the Stamford Chartered Financial Analysts Society (SCFAS), students of Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business who are part of the IMP will benefit from access to a wide array of tools and research from financial institutions like Barclays.

The IMP encourages an interchange of ideas, networking opportunities and career development for aspiring investment professionals. This innovative program has received outside interest from many other colleges and universities. Last year, a group of IMP students travelled to Wall Street for a visit to Barclays, and now the connection with the company will be going to the next level. As the IMP’s newest supporter, Barclays will be allowing all IMP students and faculty free access to its client web portal, Barclays Live, which provides a range of research and financial analytics tools.

Sacred Heart economics and finance advisory board member Michael Dineen (’93 MBA) said that the partnership will be an invaluable resource. “The Barclays Live web portal will be an excellent tool for IMP students as they undertake the challenges of the program and the pursuit of the CFA Level I exam,” said Dineen, senior vice president of Atlantic Asset Management. “The partnership uniquely exposes students to a structured program closely tied to professional practice and a level of mentoring support well suited for a highly competitive marketplace.”

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management, with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays has long been recognized as a leader in not only fundamental equity and credit research but also technical and quantitative analysis. Their research, analytics and market-leading benchmark and tradable strategy indices are widely used by clients and the markets, and will now be available to SHU IMP students. Barclays recognizes the value of the CFA designation and is a generous supporter of those enrolled in the rigorous IMP curriculum.

Thomas Walsh, managing director at Barclays, said that Barclays’ collaboration with the IMP is just one example of the importance the bank places on developing an early foundation of ethical investment knowledge. “The most successful students will be those who develop the skill sets they need to be productive and innovative members of the next generation’s workforce,” Walsh said. “We are delighted to be able to make Barclays Live available to the IMP students and hope that they will derive significant benefit from these new resources.”