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D.A. Davidson Honors Gonzaga Student Investment Team for Excellence



Students Win $2,000, Trip to Investment Conference

SEATTLE – A team of Gonzaga University student investors has won the 2nd Annual Fred Dickson Memorial Award from D.A. Davidson & Co., the full-service investment firm announced today. Named for its late chief market strategist, the award recognizes the participating team that demonstrates overall excellence and adherence to program objectives.

The Gonzaga team receives a $2,000 cash reward and an expenses-paid trip for five participants to D.A. Davidson’s Managed Assets Strategic Conference, a premier company event set for March 2017 in Seattle. The students on the team benefit primarily from gaining a solid understanding for what it takes to be a successful investment manager.

“Gonzaga students have been participating in this program for 19 years and, as a group, clearly appreciate the importance of a thoughtful approach to the investment process,” said James Ragan, the company’s director of Individual Investor Group Research. “We are very pleased to congratulate the Zags on earning this award based on the long-term excellence of their involvement in this program.”

Gonzaga’s student teams have produced among the best and most consistent investment returns in the program. In addition to finishing among the five teams with the strongest investment returns for the most recent program year, Gonzaga earned the top spot for portfolio return over the past five years on both an absolute (compounded annual return of +12.9 percent) and risk-adjusted basis. The Gonzaga team was No. 2 in the risk-adjusted return rankings for the three- and one-year periods and also qualified for profit sharing by earning higher than a 5 percent return in 12 of 19 years.

“The students and faculty have been incredibly engaged, and it’s a privilege to see them work this hard and have such a consistently excellent program and investment returns,” said Michael Jackson, D.A. Davidson’s branch manager for Spokane and the Gonzaga program advisor. “The class combines individual learning, with each student required to pitch a stock idea to the full class, with a team-based approach to determine allocation levels with risk considerations in mind. It’s an approach that works – and one that makes me proud to be a Gonzaga alum.”

The program was established at Gonzaga in 1997 and has been skillfully shepherded in large part through the work of Professor Bud Barnes, dean emeritus of the Gonzaga School of Business Administration. Barnes, who served as dean for more than 30 years, continues to teach the investments course associated with the program.

D.A. Davidson’s Student Investment Program was established in 1985 to give college students a hands-on experience in investing while also learning skills and concepts that include investment research, performance measurement, teamwork and communications. The program is provided to 20 colleges and university teams in the West and Midwest.

About D.A. Davidson & Co.

Employee-owned D.A. Davidson & Co. is the largest full-service investment firm headquartered in the Northwest, offering wealth management advice and services as well as equity and fixed income capital markets services and advice. D.A. Davidson is part of D.A. Davidson Companies, a financial services holding company with more than 1,350 employees working in 23 states.

For more information, contact Jacquie Burchard, vice president, public relations, at (406) 791-7465 or

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