Darden Capital Management (DCM) is a student-run organization whose purpose is preparing membership for careers in investment management, research and other functions within the financial markets.
DCM began in 1990, when The Darden Foundation recognized that hands-on investment management experience is the best way to prepare for careers in these industries. Accordingly, the Trustees earmarked $250,000 from the Foundation’s overall endowment for active management by Darden students.
Today, DCM’s assets under management have grown to nearly $9,000,000 held in five funds, making it one of the largest programs of its kind. The Cavalier, Darden, Jefferson, Monticello and Rotunda funds are managed independently by Darden students, providing them with the opportunity to develop skills in investment analysis and portfolio management.
DCM also sponsors presentations from leading professionals in the investment management, research and larger financial communities to enhance Darden students’ learning experience. The Club also seeks to assist current students in their career development by maintaining strong ties with the Darden alumni currently working in the industry. To this end, the club publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Advisor, which is distributed to alumni and contains the holdings, activity and performance of the five funds as well as selected investment pitches being considered by the funds.