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Mastering finance and economics

May 7, 2014

Mastering finance and economics
Thanks to support from industry partners, such as Highstreet Asset Management, graduate students in financial economics are gaining the skills to manage risk in today’s complex economy.

When Western launched a new graduate program in financial economics, a London-based investment firm confidently lent its support to the venture.

Highstreet Asset Management has contributed $45,000 to support the new Master of Financial Economics (MFE) – an investment that creates a student scholarship (Highstreet Asset Management Award) and offers a four-month internship.

Through the MFE program, students will acquire the diverse skillset needed to lead in the ever-changing world of banking, financial analysis, regulatory affairs, and investment management.

The 16-month program offers courses from financial theory to securities law, giving students a ‘big picture’ understanding of the relationship between the economy and financial markets.

“We are thrilled to help design and create the next generation of leaders,” says Ben Legge, Highstreet president and chief investment officer.

“We are not interested in [just] competing locally; we must compete globally. Western understands this, and through this program, its graduates will too.”

Four academic partners at Western have joined forces – the Department of Economics, Faculty of Law, Ivey Business School and the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences – to design an integrated curriculum that prepares students to be an asset in the financial sector.

“Bringing together input from four disciplines with industry support and alumni input provides the depth and breadth our students need to navigate and succeed in a complex financial industry,” says Jim MacGee, an Economics professor at Western.

That’s how Matt Parisien sees it – the first MFE intern at Highstreet.

“I get two sets of benefits: the economics side, learning the fundamentals, and then all the financial applications to the classes,” says Matt. “Everything I see is then…applied to finance.”

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Impact Western
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