Atkins Investment Group at UNH

Atkins Investment Group at UNH

I have always been interested in stocks and investing.  Ever since I was a little kid my Dad has been giving me advice on how to invest, how to spend and how to save.  As I got a little older I even made a few small trades myself.  Because of my background it was only natural for me to get involved with Atkins Investment Group at UNH.  I was accepted to this group, after an interview process this past summer.  I then spent the summer reading, learning and watching training videos to become more knowledgeable about finance.  When school finally started and Atkins meetings began I was very excited to learn and soon found out that I had a lot more to learn!

I heard about Atkins when I was first applied to UNH.  I was interested then, but didn’t really start to look into the group until the end of freshman year.  When the time came to apply I sent in my application and resume.  Atkins is a very prestigious group and only has around 35 members at one time.  To get accepted into the group an applicant must go through an interview process.  After I applied, I was given an interview where I had to pitch a company for the group to buy.  This interview was tough but I was prepared and when the time came I did well.

Atkins Investment Group at UNH

Towards the end of summer I learned I had been accepted and I was happy but unprepared for the work to come.  I knew going in that Atkins was going to be a lot of work, I just didn’t know just how much!  I spent much of my first week at school researching and preparing for my first presentation.  Atkins meetings mostly consist of a presentation done by each of the different sectors of the market.  Each team presents their sectors holdings and then, if they choose, may pitch a stock.  The group then votes on what course of action to take.  My group, portfolio strategy is a little different and we present the outlook of the economy, the markets, and each sector of the stock market.  We basically tell Atkins where their money should go for the next six months.

Atkins is also more than just presentations.  Guest speakers come in and talk, in which we learn about various types of technology in finance like the Bloomberg terminals.  It is also great networking due to UNH Alumni that have gone to places like New York or Boston to work in large companies.

Overall Atkins Investment Group has been a hugely positive experience for me and I’m excited to be a part of it.  While it may be hard work it is a lot of fun.  My favorite perk of the group is being able to wear a suit on different occasions.  I’m looking forward to learning tons more and building my repertoire of skills in finance.  If you’re at all interested in finance, the markets, or trading in any way I highly suggest that you apply.

Atkins encourages students interested to come and observe one of the meetings. If you’re interested in observing or want more information please contact the President of Atkins, Tyler Walsh at tyler.walsh@wildcats.unh.edu or you contact me at jax577@wildcats.unh.edu or visit our website at http://atkinsinvestmentgroup.com.