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A “Million Dollar” Experience

The Hatchett Investment Team is a $1 million student-managed investment fund that enables students to serve as analysts and the portfolio manager for a real stock portfolio.

Each semester, students apply and compete to be part of the Hatchett Investment Team. Up to ten students are on the team with one-year rotations. The team is typically comprised of junior and senior students majoring in various business fields. Beyond the resume-building experience in finance, the students receive course credit.


Business analytics students in our College of Business programs become specialists in the field, proficient in strategic data analysis, consumer behavior, leadership skills, business strategy, and advanced analytics

Fund Strategy

The fund follows a value investing strategy; students screen for securities, analyze company financial statements, value securities, defend their actions before an advisory board, and work together as a team. The team will vote to determine which stocks to invest in. The balance sheet will be checked at the end of a year of buying and selling, and an evaluation of the strategies and learning will be discussed. At the end of each semester, the team presents its results formally to the advisory board and faculty of the FHU College of Business.

This student-led, student-managed investment opportunity provides real-world experience to students and is an invaluable learning tool that distinguishes FHU graduates in the job market.

The FHU College of Business receives a percentage of the fund’s earnings. These funds support additional learning opportunities through technology initiatives, student experiences, career preparation, guest speakers, and other innovative ways.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Freed-Hardeman and are excited about the great members of the team this year.” -Rob Hatchett.

History of the FHU Investment Team

FHU’s investment team began in 2007, when Jim Clayton, co-founder of Clayton Homes and chairman of Clayton Bancorp at the time, provided the initial investment and mentorship. The Clayton Investment Team operated until 2019 when the team transitioned briefly to First Bank Investment Team and then to The FHU Investment Team before Rob, and Rachel Hatchett had the desire to mentor future business leaders in 2022.

This unique opportunity for FHU students began in 2007 and has distributed over $1.7M in earnings back to the sponsors and a portion to help support the FHU College of Business, with over 150 business students being part of the team throughout the years.