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At the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM), we are committed to helping you on your path toward a lifetime of financial well-being.

Whether you are interested in developing your financial management skills or your goal is to transform your community as a leader, the CIWM is open to you.

CIWM is an activity, research and networking hub. We believe in the power of learning and sharing with others. We believe that education and action allow us to direct our futures for the better. By sharing our knowledge, we provide opportunities for growth-motivated individuals to connect with leaders in thought, community and industry. Each of our programs is designed to help drive our community toward a lifetime of financial well-being. View our Event Calendar.

Our Vision: To be at the forefront of education and research concerning the creation, management and transfer of wealth

Our Mission: To develop transformational leaders and valued educational programs on:

  • Financial literacy
  • Investment and portfolio strategies
  • Wealth management strategies

Over the last 13 years, we have positively impacted over 50,000 individuals with our innovative and accessible financial literacy programming.

Faculty Director

Faculty Director

Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz

Associate Director, Finance

Christopher Schwarz, PhD is the faculty director at CIWM and associate professor of finance at The Paul Merage School of Business. His research interests include the management, disclosure and operational risk of the investment fund industry as well as the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and includes testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.

Advisory Board

We gratefully recognize the following individuals who have generously given their time and resources in support of the center and our programs. Our board members serve on a number of committees that focus on everything from student engagement and membership to center initiatives and professional development.

Advisory Board Co-Chairs:

Kara Duckworth, Mercer Advisors

Shawnette Gauer, Charles Schwab Advisor Services

Learn more about our Advisory Board >

 

Board Committees

 

Advisory Board Members:

Laine Ainsworth, Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

Tennyson Oyler, Pacific Life

Craig Ima, Windes

Kevin Wiest, Windes

Kurt Altergott, Redwood-Kairos Real Estate Partners

Feroz Ansari, Compak Asset Management

David Bahnsen, The Bahnsen Group High Tower

Angela Barbera, Steadfast Capital Markets Group

Charles Black, JP Morgan Private Bank

Ashley Bleckner, Ellevest

Chad Bollenbach, Canterbury Consulting

Steve Borowski, Aristotle Capital Management

Jerry Braakman, First American Trust

Matt Brown, Brown & Streza, LLP

Sharmi Chakraborty, Charles Fish Investments

Wendy Chen, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management

Marleny Cheshier, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Kevin Ciavarra, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Bob Cluck, Canterbury Consulting

Victoria Collins, PhD, Your Legacy Project

Laura Dang, The Private Bank - Union Bank

Kimberlee Davis, The Bahnsen Group High Tower

Michael Denzinger, US Bank

Laurie Dubchansky, Havaplan Financial

Scott Dubchansky, Rimrock Capital Management, LLC

Rhonda Ducote, Apriem Advisors

Kimberly Dwan Bernatz, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management

Shannon Eusey, Beacon Pointe Advisors

Armando Feighl, City National Bank

Jordan Floriani, Affinity Investment Advisors, LLC

Robert Forrester, Alliance Bernstein Investments

Carla Furuno, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Ila Gomez, Banc of California

Glenn Hamburger, Banc of California

Kevin Jack, Mercer Advisors

Scharrell Jackson, Squar Milner LLP

David Karachuk, LPL Financial

Rick Keller, First Foundation

Shannon Kennedy, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Mark Kenny, The Private Bank - Union Bank

Matthew Kimmel, Farmers and Merchants Trust Company

John Knodle, US Bank

Harmon Kong, Apriem Advisors

Gregory Lai, Affinity Investment Advisors, LLC

Brad Losson, Charles Schwab Advisor Services

Andrew Low, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Mark Mittmann, Farmers and Merchants Trust Company

Mark Moehlman, Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

JD Montgomery, Canterbury Consulting

Edward Mora, Bank of the West

Jason Tajima, Bank of the West

Ethan Morgan, JP Morgan Private Bank

Jayson Morgan, Marcum LLP

Tomoko Nagashima, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jonathan A. Needell, Redwood-Kairos Real Estate Partners

Roger Nieves, PIMCO

David Ohanian, City National Bank

Thomas O'Sullivan, Fidelity Investments

Jennifer Povlitz, UBS

Mark Prendergast, Inspired Financial

Dawn Rapoport, Fidelity Investments

Mark Rylance, RS Crum

Betsy Shelton, Charles Fish Investments

Tom Smykel, Banc of California

Krystine Solomon, The Private Bank - Union Bank

Ben Stairs, PIMCO

Frank Tabar, Farmers and Merchants Trust Company

Shiry Tannenbaum, Tannenbaum Law

Jon Theriault, RS Crum

Brian Tong, The Bahnsen Group High Tower

Darci Toumberlin, Fidelity Investments

Raleigh Watson, Alliance Bernstein Investments

Scott Weiner, Payden and Rygel

Paul Westhead, Rimrock Capital Management, LLC

Ted Wilm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Evelyn M. Zohlen, Inspired Financial

Kara Duckworth, CFP®, CDFA®

“I am proud to be associated with UCI and the Center for Investment and Wealth Management whose mission is to provide innovative and accessible financial education for all socio-economic backgrounds.” - Kara Duckworth, CFP®, CDFA®, Wealth Manager, Mercer Advisors

For the Community

For the Community

Understanding financial planning early in life shapes careers and families, and it can positively affect a community as knowledgeable young people grow into leadership roles. Two of our programs support local youth with an on-campus experience and education in financial literacy:

  • Investments, Financial Planning and You
  • Pacific Life LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program

These programs are designed to help pre-college students understand their current and future finances, and to explore the pathways to a college education.

Alisha Z.

“I now know how much I should be saving and how much I should spend due to the help of the LIFEvest program. This program has not just benefited me in so many ways, but also the people around me. Since I have become a lot smarter with money, I have helped my mom as well. Also, since I learned what career is the best fit for me, it has really helped me know what classes I should be taking in high school.” - Alisha Z., LIFEvest Class of 2018

Alisha Z.

For UCI Students 

For UCI Students

The Center for Investment and Wealth Management empowers students to strengthen their financial knowledge – no matter the career or industry they are pursuing – with programs that support their professional goals. The center also provides students with the knowledge, experiences and tools to wisely manage their personal finances.

The center’s various courses, Bloomberg terminal training and related student organizations create hands-on opportunities for students to learn, teach, research and understand the complex, but rewarding, areas of investment and wealth management.

 

Mercer Scholarship

The Mercer Advisors Scholarship provides awards for undergraduate students in The Paul Merage School of Business (business administration, business information management) at any level based on the criteria below. Recipients are Mercer Advisors Scholars.

  • The Merage School will select two Merage School undergraduate students to receive $2,500 scholarships during the winter 2019 quarter.
  • This is a merit-based scholarship.
  • Recipients
    • Should be in good academic standing – demonstrating a 3.0 GPA (overall) or higher and have full-time enrollment status for winter quarter (12 units or more).
    • Will have participated in diversity, inclusion or leadership student programs such as Women in Leadership, MUSA or ASUCI.
    • Have completed Nantional Endowment for Financial Education’s CashCourse program and/or participated in the undergraduate stock market competition.

APPLY TODAY >

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CashCourse

Learn about the fundamentals of managing your money, and put yourself in charge for the rest of your life.

To promote financial literacy across the UCI student population, we’ve provided students with the opportunity to take CashCourse. It’s a free literary resource, and you will learn about the fundamentals of managing your money so that you are in charge for the rest of your life. 

With CashCourse, students take charge of your financial future immediately:

  • Get help with the essentials: planning, budgeting, credit, debt, saving and investing
  • Use customizable financial tools to build an action plan around your goals
  • Get answers to your real-life money questions

Hear from students who took charge of their financial futures with CashCourse.

LET’S DO THIS >

Undergraduate Wealth Management Course

An elective course on wealth management for undergraduate students.

MGMT 190: Applied Investments

Looking to dive into the world of personal and business wealth management? From estate planning to investment management, retirement to philanthropy, this course incorporates case study projects and multiple opportunities for undergraduates to develop team, communication and presentation skills.

Within this course, you will establish a foundation for further study in areas of wealth management, whether your plans are to pursue graduate studies or post-graduate certifications. 

Offered fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites:

  • Principles of Accounting I (30A)
  • Managerial Finance (109)
  • Investments (141)
  • Individual Taxation (132A)
  • Bloomberg training certificate

Graduate Wealth Management Course

A course on wealth management for MBA students.

MGMT 290

The Wealth Management MGMT 290 course underscores a unified approach to wealth management and how individuals or families may have greater success in accumulating, managing, preserving and distributing wealth throughout all stages of life. This course combines lectures and case studies for an overview of real-world considerations comprising personal and business wealth management. Topics include investment and tax management, estate planning, life and property insurance, and retirement.

Students will leave this course with a base for further study in wealth management through graduate studies and post-graduate certifications.

Bloomberg Terminal Training

The industry’s most powerful platform for financial professionals who need real-time data, news and analytics.

Located in the Schwab Trading and Technology Lab, UCI’s Bloomberg terminals are the industry’s most powerful and flexible global, multi-asset portfolio and risk analysis tools.

Bloomberg Basics Workshops

Attend our workshops taught by Bloomberg specialists to place the power of the terminal in your hands.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an eight-hour, self-paced, e-learning course that takes you into the world of financial markets. BMC can be completed within a week, and participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Packed in four modules – economics, currencies, fixed income and equities – BMC weaves data, news, analytics and television together to impart knowledge and market essentials.

For UCI students who register for BMC, the $249 USD course fee is waived in full.

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Customized Workshops

Taught by passionate experts of the industry, workshops are tailor-made for you to take your personal finance IQ to greater heights.

CIWM hosts customized workshops to teach you everything you need to know as you travel the path to financial freedom. We teach courses that empower you to live the life you want.

Sounds like something you need in your life? Reach out to lmaki@uci.edu and schedule a consultation to customize your own workshop.

The Internship Experience

Working at the center offers a wide variety of benefits and opportunities for personal growth and professional development:

  • Professional Development
    Through exposure to project and operations management, communication with academic and advisory board personnel and assembling business emails and financial literacy articles, interns quickly learn essential professional development skills.
  • Supporting Our Orange County Community
    Our interns have the unique opportunity to give back to the Orange County community by helping educate students on important topics in budgeting, investing and career planning. Highly qualified interns have the opportunity to mentor high school students from underserved communities to be the first in their families to attend and succeed college.
  • Business and Project Management
    Interns gain experience managing several center programs and develop valuable professional skills and leadership qualities essential for careers in business.
  • Financial Literacy Research and Writing
    We also have numerous opportunities for interns to further develop their professional writing abilities and emerge as a UCI student thought leader through research and composition of financial literacy articles.

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Student Engagement Opportunities

Students take advantage of frequent opportunities to both learn from and network with industry professionals.

A range of expert speakers share their knowledge about a variety of financial and wealth management topics during forums, symposia and conferences for students.

We provide opportunities for students to enhance their financial knowledge and connect them with financial industry leaders for professional development, networking and mentorship.

Volunteer Leadership

Jerry Braakman

Jerry Braakman

Student Thought Leadership

Student Organizations 

For students, by students – a campus organization educating UCI on all things finance and investment.

Offered to all majors. No club fees. Learn how to use and manage your money, and be in control for life. The Financial Literacy Association (FLA) was founded to improve lives through financial education. 

FLA’s most exciting program is the Stock Market Competition, which runs under CIWM and The Paul Merage School of Business. Students are provided a virtual amount of money to trade, using the stock trading platform StockTrak.com. All levels of experience are welcome, and FLA will host multiple workshops and office hours to sharpen stock market knowledge and trading skills.

LEARN MORE

Take action on our country’s fiscal future.

At Up to Us, we believe in the power of harnessing the ideas, creativity and energy of students nationwide to act on a major issue in our country: the rising national debt.

Up to Us is a group of students of all majors and political affiliations committed to educating our peers about the impacts of the national debt and the importance of a sustainable fiscal foundation. As young Americans, we have the most at stake in our fiscal future, and we are determined to keep our families, job opportunities and the future in our hands.

The Up to Us goals include raising awareness about the national debt and how it impacts our future, inspiring students to take action on the national debt and sign the pledge (remember to choose “University of California, Irvine” as your university), and amplifying young voices on this issue by using both social media and traditional media.

SIGN THE PLEDGE

The Undergraduate Finance Association strives to assist students in attaining their career goals by providing students with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities that will allow them to excel in the field of finance. This is achieved by:

  • Creating a society for like-minded students who want to learn about investments and finance.
  • Providing networking opportunities with the local investment management community, including mid-tier and bulge-bracket investment funds, financial advisors, banks, and investment banks.
  • Fostering closer relationships with UCI Economics Department, the Paul Merage Business School faculty and MBA students.
  • Creating the first-of-its-kind Student Managed Investment Fund at UCI, giving students hands-on experience in managing an investment fund with active collaboration with the faculty advisers and competing in investment competitions.
  • Providing recruiters with resources such as financial aid and marketing in order to enhance the desirability of UCI as a school from which to draw a work force.

LEARN MORE

For students, by students – a campus organization educating UCI on all things finance and investment.

Offered to all majors. No club fees. Learn how to use and manage your money, and be in control for life. The Financial Literacy Association (FLA) was founded to improve lives through financial education. 

FLA’s most exciting program is the Stock Market Competition, which runs under CIWM and The Paul Merage School of Business. Students are provided a virtual amount of money to trade, using the stock trading platform StockTrak.com. All levels of experience are welcome, and FLA will host multiple workshops and office hours to sharpen stock market knowledge and trading skills.

LEARN MORE

Take action on our country’s fiscal future.

At Up to Us, we believe in the power of harnessing the ideas, creativity and energy of students nationwide to act on a major issue in our country: the rising national debt.

Up to Us is a group of students of all majors and political affiliations committed to educating our peers about the impacts of the national debt and the importance of a sustainable fiscal foundation. As young Americans, we have the most at stake in our fiscal future, and we are determined to keep our families, job opportunities and the future in our hands.

The Up to Us goals include raising awareness about the national debt and how it impacts our future, inspiring students to take action on the national debt and sign the pledge (remember to choose “University of California, Irvine” as your university), and amplifying young voices on this issue by using both social media and traditional media.

SIGN THE PLEDGE

The Undergraduate Finance Association strives to assist students in attaining their career goals by providing students with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities that will allow them to excel in the field of finance. This is achieved by:

  • Creating a society for like-minded students who want to learn about investments and finance.
  • Providing networking opportunities with the local investment management community, including mid-tier and bulge-bracket investment funds, financial advisors, banks, and investment banks.
  • Fostering closer relationships with UCI Economics Department, the Paul Merage Business School faculty and MBA students.
  • Creating the first-of-its-kind Student Managed Investment Fund at UCI, giving students hands-on experience in managing an investment fund with active collaboration with the faculty advisers and competing in investment competitions.
  • Providing recruiters with resources such as financial aid and marketing in order to enhance the desirability of UCI as a school from which to draw a work force.

LEARN MORE

Melissa Silva

“Having worked at the CIWM for over a year now I have had many opportunities to involve myself in the Center's impactful work both on and off campus. Contributing to the Center’s projects has also allowed me to grow personally in my communication and organization skills. I have enjoyed my time at the Center, as it has allowed me to connect with inspiring people, learn valuable office and event planning tasks, and make a direct impact on people's lives.” - Melissa Silva, CIWM Intern

Melissa Silva

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CENTER FOR INVESTMENT AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Lee Anne Maki
Executive Director

949.824.2675
lmaki@uci.edu

Christopher Schwarz
Faculty Director

949.824.0936
cschwarz@uci.edu