A Glimpse of the Financial Entrepreneurs of the future

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A Glimpse of the Financial Entrepreneurs of the future

By | 2017-08-18T17:11:22+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Glimpse of the Financial Entrepreneurs of the future

This last quarter I taught an advanced seminar at Drexel University (Finance 698). I love running my seminar for the following reasons:

  • I get to meet new and exciting young minds.
  • I learn new things from my students.
  • I learn about different cultures (a vast majority of my students are international).

Finance 698 is dedicated to building business plans for the financial services industry. In particular, the students were assigned to research and design business plans for the following concepts:

  • Tax-efficient Alternatives delivered via a hedge fund structure (i.e., limited partnership).
  • Active Momentum Fund delivered via a mutual fund or ETF structure.
  • A fintech company that delivers advanced ETF analytics (screener, backtest, etc).


I’m sure a lot of these students will be successful business leaders in the future…

Congrats to the graduates!

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About the Author:

Wes Gray
After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned a PhD, and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management that delivers affordable active exposures for tax-sensitive investors. Dr. Gray has published four books and a number of academic articles. Wes is a regular contributor to multiple industry outlets, to include the following: Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ETF.com, and the CFA Institute. Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude with a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.