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What is the Telfer Capital Fund

The Telfer Capital Fund is the practical component of the Capital Markets Program (CMP), organized and implemented by the Telfer Career Centre. The CMP is a two-year development program for high‑performing Telfer students looking to learn more about the world of capital markets. Students take part in workshops facilitated by senior level financial services professionals, receive individualized mentorship, participate in networking activities and discover the culture of the high finance industry.

Students take part in managing the investment fund as of their second term, and are supervised by the Financial Research and Learning Lab Manager. The first year of the program is devoted to ensuring analysts have all the skills necessary to transition into their positions, and the second year of the program is devoted to graduating Portfolio Managers who mentor and train new analysts.

The Telfer Capital Fund (TCF) is a value based student managed investment portfolio that has been established strictly for educational and academic purposes. The TCF operates by its terms of reference which is separated into three sections and outlines the TCF’s objectives, legal and governance structure, program details, and investment policy (TCF Policy).

The TCF portion of CMP is set as a two-year intensive program where students start as Junior Analysts, then Analyst and progress to Portfolio Managers. Admittance into the program will be both selective and competitive with only 10 students admitted each year. Students make all investment decisions as long as they meet criteria set in the TCF Policy, but require a majority vote from all fund members for approval. Portfolio Managers defend their positions and report results to the Investment Committee twice per semester.

Client and Objectives

The Telfer School of Management will act as the TCF’s one and only Client and establishes the two objectives. The first refers to the purpose of the program and the second the purpose of the TCF.

“To develop and manage, for educational purposes, a diversified portfolio for the Telfer School of Management. The TCF will provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop their portfolio management and finance skills in an educational environment so they are better prepared for positions in finance and the capital markets. The end goal of the TCF will be to provide an avenue to help support and fund the maintenance and resource expansion of the Financial Research and Learning Lab.”

“The TCF will use a value-based investment strategy with North American equity securities only, in order to minimize risk and maximize growth and to beat its designated benchmark net of fees (while keeping a strictly educational and academic approach to investment selection and management over the medium-term”

Governance

The TCF has a hierarchical structure with a Board of Advisors, Investment Committee, Fund Director, Faculty Supervisors and two Portfolio Manager Team Leaders. The Dean of Telfer will act as the TCF’s President in a strictly figurative role.

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TCF Policy Statement

The initial TCF Policy is to be finalized and approved by the Board of Advisors at the outset of the TCF’s launch. The TCF will start strictly with North American common equity securities with a value investing approach. The TCF Policy includes exclusions and restrictions, weighting limits, diversification details, asset classes, use of derivatives and risk management. The TCF Policy will be ever evolving and will be reviewed annually.

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