Yale School of Management

International Center for Finance

Providing academic and professional support for research in financial economics.

Student Initiatives

The ICF plays a major role in supporting the training of MBAs and doctoral students who have focused on issues important to society. Among the past fellows and graduates affiliated with ICF are a number of young scholars who have had a disproportionate influence on the role and regulation of mutual funds in the world.


Contributing to this case is a capstone project for me; it truly is the culmination of my time and learning at SOM.

Jonathan Lucas ’16

Hedge Fund Case Study


The International Center for Finance at Yale School of Management with the support of the Center for Alternative Investment Education,  Case Research and Development Team, and four students from the MBA, EMBA and MAM programs, constructed a business school case study concerning the “Role of Hedge Funds in Institutional Portfolios: Florida Retirement System.” Through the research and examination of several public and private retirement plans, including one primary “protagonist”, the case explored the decision making process of CIOs when considering the inclusion or exclusion of the asset class in their portfolios.  The case is used as a teaching tool in the MBA and EMBA classes.

Jonathan Lucas ‘16 provides a student’s perspective of the class and his experience working on this case study.

Global Network Investment Competition


ICF partnered with the Global Network for Advanced Management to host a one-of-a-kind contest dedicated to equity investments sourced from top business students around the globe. Each team submits a portfolio of five investment ideas from their school’s region, accompanied by pitches for each of the selections. Each year, the ICF sponsors $5,000 in prizes for both the quality of the security analysis as well as the actual performance of the investment ideas presented.  Read more about the competition.

Click here to view the list of previous winners.

Low Carbon Case Competition

Climate change has become a pivotal issue for many investment managers in addressing client concerns, especially surrounding risky or controversial investments in the highest carbon-emitting companies. But how can managers utilize existing data to satisfy reduced-carbon client demands while still meeting a return, liquidity and risk standards? The Annual Low-Carbon Case Competition, sponsored in part by ICF, invites talented finance students from across the country to figure out innovative ways to move the field forward.

2015 National Low Carbon Case Competition

2014 National Low Carbon Case Competition