Hello, SMIF Alumni and Friends! We are excited to announce that for the first time in the history of the program, SMIF has split into two separate classes, each with their own independent benchmarks and asset allocations. After the conclusion of last year’s class, Professors Nicholls and Schreiner split the total portfolio evenly, leaving each class with approximately the same holdings. In the first few weeks, our classes decided on tactical allocation benchmarks to base our portfolio performance on. Tuesday’s class chose a 90% equity, 10% fixed income tactical benchmark, while Wednesday’s class chose a 86% equity, 14% fixed income benchmark. Both classes are excited to see how their portfolios perform throughout the year. Please visit the “Meet the Analysts” tab to learn a little more about this year’s SMIF students! We are looking forward to an exciting year and will update the blog with major events and decisions made by the class. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to Emily Gagis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jackie Ham (email@example.com), or Michael McHale (firstname.lastname@example.org).