Clayton Investment Team

A "Million Dollar" Experience

The Clayton Investment Fund, a $1 million student-managed investment fund, enables students to serve as analysts and the portfolio manager for a real stock portfolio. Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes and chairman of Clayton Bancorp in Knoxville, Tennessee, initiated the fund in 2007.

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Each semester, students apply to be part of the Clayton Investment Team. The team is typically comprised of junior and senior students majoring in business. The fund follows a value investing strategy; students screen for securities, analyze company financial statements, value securities, defend their actions before an advisory board, and work together as a team. This student-led, student-managed investment opportunity provides real-world experience to students and is an invaluable learning tool that distinguishes FHU finance graduates in the job market.

The FHU College of Business receives a percentage of the fund's earnings. Since 2007, it has generated $117,650 for the FHU finance program. The finance program uses these funds to strengthen the program through technology initiatives, student experiences, career preparation, guest speakers and other innovative ways.