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Investment Clubs at Top Universities Compete in Online Investing Contest Powered by Motif


Columbia Student Investment Management, Trojan Investing Society, Pennsylvania Investment Alliance, Mutual Investment Club of Cornell, Berkeley Investment Group, University Securities Team at U of Texas, Alpha Asset Management Club at Carnegie Mellon, Yale Student Investment Group, NYU Stern Investment Group, and McIntire Investment Institute at U of Virginia to Participate

San Mateo, CA, Nov. 14, 2013

Motif Investing, an innovative online broker that pioneered low-cost, ideas-based investing, today announced that it is hosting a four month contest which pits 10 collegiate investment clubs against one another, challenging them to create a motif – a portfolio of up to 30 individual stocks and ETFs – that will generate the top performance gains during the contest. The club that creates the motif with the highest total return at the end of the contest’s duration will be awarded a grand prize of $5,000.

“Core to Motif’s DNA is helping educate individuals on how to invest on their own,” said Hardeep Walia, Motif’s co-founder and CEO. “This contest gives students an opportunity to apply the strategies and investing knowledge they’ve acquired in school in a very practical way. They’ll learn and better understand market conditions that affect performance at a fundamental level.”

Collegiate Investment Clubs Go Head to Head The investment clubs that are participating in this competition are comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students from some of the most recognized universities in the nation. Each club invested the same amount of money at the start of the contest and applied their own ideas and strategies to the creation of a unique motif using any security that is offered on the motif platform. Each motif contains at least 15 positions with a maximum of 30. The investment clubs have the option to rebalance their motifs up to three times during the competition.

The clubs’ motifs are showcased on a public facing Leaderboard ranked by performance. Contest participants and watchers can easily track and monitor performance as well as view investment decisions by each of the 10 clubs. The investment club with the top-performing motif as of February 28, 2014, will be declared the winner.

To learn more about this competition or to receive updates on participating collegiate club’s performance, please visit https://www.motifinvesting.com/university-challenge.

About Motif Investing

Motif Investing is an online broker that lets you invest in a world of big ideas. The company, based in Silicon Valley, is changing the face of online investing through an innovative, transparent social platform that allows individuals and investment advisors to invest in stock and bond portfolios built around everyday ideas and broad economic trends—and even create brand-new motifs from scratch. Motif is a registered broker-dealer and a member of SIPC. The company’s investors include Foundation Capital, Goldman Sachs, Ignition Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. Board members include former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt and former Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck. Learn more at https://www.motifinvesting.com.

All investments decisions are made by the students participating within their respective investment clubs and are not reflective of investment decisions and strategies made by the universities they represent. Student portfolios are constructed based on their respective investment club’s own unique investment strategies and decisions within the boundaries of the contest rules. Given the four-month duration of the contest and rules concerning trading requirements, the investment clubs would generally be constructing higher-risk portfolios with a short-term time horizons and should not be considered as a recommended strategy the investors should consider for their own investment needs. Performance returns are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not representative of returns you could expect to achieve as would not take into consideration fees and commissions that would affect overall returns.

Investing in securities involves risks, you should be aware of prior to making an investment decision, including the possible loss of principal. An investment in individual stocks, or a collection of stocks focused on a particular theme or idea, such as a motif, may be subject to increased risk of price fluctuation over more diversified holdings due to adverse developments which can affect a particular industry or sector. Each investor needs to review an investment strategy for their own particular situation to determine their suitability for an investment before making any decision.

© 2014 Motif Investing, Inc. All rights reserved.

Marisa Lam
GMK Communications for Motif

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