If you had $100,000 and could choose five companies to invest in, what five would you choose?
That’s the question international business student Regis Breen and his co-author asked of some 200 of their peers to evaluate whether an average Towson University student is able to outperform the stock market. Their findings were published in the 2018 Baltimore Business Review, a collaborative publication of the TU College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the Chartered Financial Analysts Society.
“The business program, and the finance department in particular, give you plenty of access to real-world experiences,” says Breen. As president of the Towson University Investment Group (TUIG), Breen helped manage the group’s $170,000 equity portfolio.
“My involvement in TUIG has been one of my most comprehensive learning experiences with its emphasis on investing, networking and building business relationships,” explains Breen.
Through the group, Breen was introduced to local business professionals and connected with Heritage Financial Consultants, where he began an internship which led to a full-time job offer with the Hunt Valley firm.
Breen also participated in the CBE Student Leadership Council, which brings together leaders from all student organizations within the college. “Lisa Michocki, director of Student Academic and Career Services, heads an excellent resource for business students,” attests Breen. “The Leadership Council is a great opportunity for highly motivated students.”
A first-generation student, Breen welcomed the chance to study his mother’s native language at Towson University. “My German courses enabled me to improve my reading and writing skill set,” says Breen, who hopes to pursue opportunities in Germany one day and experience finance in a new setting.