University of Southern California

Professor Appointed to Hedge Fund Board
Mick Swartz Takes a Leadership Role in Educating Public about Hedge Funds
July 5, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Mick Swartz, an associate professor of clinical finance and business economics at the USC Marshall School of Business, was recently selected as a board member of the California Hedge Fund Association (CHFA). The association, a thought leader in the field, represents many hedge fund firms in the state, with an overall goal of educating investors and the public about hedge funds and the industry.

"Finance is important enough in people’s lives that people need to have some basic understanding of certain things," said Swartz. "During a financial crisis people are more interested and want a quick answer, a quick solution, but you really need to educate people in society so that they make good decisions."

Swartz has a longstanding commitment to education as both a respected professor and through his involvement with hedge fund groups, especially as chapter executive and founding member of the Los Angeles branch of the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA). The CAIA, which is headquartered in Boston, has the goal of educating employees about alternative asset companies, such as hedge funds and private equity.

Swartz was known for his work with the organization, which led to his being approached to take on a two-year board appointment with CHFA.

"I hope to educate people in the area about the strategies that hedge funds use and the advantages about the different funds in the marketplace, the advantages to many investors, and to try to have a thoughtful platform for the government to think about policy that affect these kinds of funds," said Swartz about his new role with the CHFA. "People don’t understand the role of many funds— and the funds have many different roles in the economy."

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