Investor Spotlight: Meet our Voleo Student Equity Trading Competition Ambassador | Thomas Maciura

 Lauren Wilson

November 26, 2019

The 2019/20 Voleo Student Equity Competition Sponsored by Nasdaq has started! From November 1st to February 29th, University and College students from across the US will compete to make the best returns with a $1 million simulated portfolio.  Not signed up yet? Don't fret! New teams can be created until December 1st, learn how to register here.

One of our favorite parts of the competition is learning from the brilliant minds of student investors. Their passion for financial literacy, investing and personal growth is inspiring! 

Over the competition, we will share and highlight our Ambassadors who are leading from the front at their school.  We've asked them some questions about investing experience, stock strategies, and advice to fellow participants, investors, and students.

Meet Thomas Maciura

Thoma Maciura

Q: How did you get involved with investing? How much investing experience would you say you have to date?

A: “I first began actively following stocks in my Junior year of High School. After reading as much as I could get my hands on, listening to podcasts, and talking with people who had worked within the investment industry, I finally opened a brokerage account in the early part of 2017. In total, I have about five years of research, and a little over two years of skin in the game investing."

Q: What’s your go-to investing strategy? Do you have any particular companies or industries that you’re drawn to?

A:  “My core investment strategy is bottom-up fundamental analysis, although over the last year I've begun to work with more quantitatively driven colleagues and have started to weave that into my research. Regarding industries, I am typically a generalist, but I have a slight tilt towards growth with strong underlying fundamentals and large addressable markets."

Q: If you could give other investors one tip, what would it be?

A: "Never stop reading and learning."

Q: Why did you choose to join the Voleo Student Equity Competition?

A: "I joined the Voleo Student Equity Competition through the company's sponsorship of this year's Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium. My team and I found it interesting because we are able to test different strategies and vote democratically on changes to our portfolio, combining individual and group level learning."

Q: Any favourite investors, investing books or investing quotes you'd like to share?

A:"You can't go wrong with George Soro's The Alchemy of Finance, Ray Dalio's Principles, or Rolf Dobelli's The Art of Thinking Clearly. There are too many good books to list here, but those three are a good start."


More Investing Inspiration...

Thank you to our ambassadors for sharing their insight and wisdom with us! More will be highlighted as the competition unfolds. We wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to seeing you on the leaderboard!

Interested in joining the Voleo Student Equity Competition Sponsored by Nasdaq? There’s still time to sign up! Simply download the Voleo SimuTrader app and form your investment club with 3 or more peers!

(P.S. If you’re a current participant and would be interested in doing a Q&A or guest blog with Voleo, feel free to reach out to us via email - we would be delighted to hear from you!).