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Strome College of Business

Barron’s digital site-wide license for Old Dominion University Strome College of Business

The Strome College of Business recently announced an exciting partnership with the Barron's in Education program from Dow Jones. This valuable financial program, gifted by Strome alumnus Aashish Matani, CFA, Managing Director of The AHM Wealth Management Group of Merrill, includes 24/7 access to Barron's, a leading financial portal and magazine. The goal is to spur financial education, learn from investing's best minds, and foster professional growth.

"I've always been thankful for the career opportunities made possible by ODU. To say thank you in a demonstrable way to the business school, I wanted to offer current students another opportunity. I strongly believe that the "Barron's In Education" program is an ideal platform that offers faculty and students a formal program and the ability to provide others with exposure to finance in a live, engaging and practical format," Matani says about what inspired him to gift the financial program to Strome. Strome College of Business faculty members and students will have access to the same real-time content and magazine that provides perspective, insights, and analysis utilized by the most successful business professionals. To learn more about Barron's and the value it can provide, click here.

In addition to access to Barrons.com, this program includes experiential learning opportunities, such as live webinars featuring Wall Street's Top Advisors, networking, internships, and a chance to be a Student Ambassador. Faculty and students will also gain access to Barron's webinars, which feature current market topics and cutting edge analysis, in addition to Q&A sessions with Barron's editors and Top Ranked Wall Street professionals.

Matani says "Reading Barron's is part of my daily regimen. I find it exciting and inspiring to learn about fresh ideas, emerging trends and changing dynamics. From my reading, I feel encouraged and empowered to evaluate new opportunities. I find that the benefit goes well beyond Barron's tagline: "99% of readers report taking some type of investment action after reading Barron's." Of course, given my profession for the past 20-plus years, I have access to extensive research and material, but I still make Barron's a daily stop for insight, not just numbers. I hope others might benefit as well, from it."

Access to Barron's digital content is available as soon as faculty and students register. Faculty as well as students can also download the Barron's app for their cell phone and other devices.

The program offers additional resources such as the Barron's Weekly Review, which is a resource that faculty can use in the classroom at their discretion and helps connect real-world business coverage with student learning. This resource is emailed to all participating faculty members each Wednesday and is curated with specific topics, summaries, classroom applications, and prepared questions. "I couldn't wait to for access to Barron's and have already used it in my class! We've never wanted to teach the history of business - access to Barron's will give students access to current stories with in-depth analysis while bringing new examples and ideas for faculty," Said Dean Tanner.

When asked what advice he would give students, Aashish Matani encourages them by saying: "Get passionate - and remain committed - to reading and staying updated on current events. Become hungry for knowledge. Learn everything you can about what fascinates you. Become a subject matter expert. If finance and investments might be your path, then use this format to begin a good habit. If helping people is your goal, then learn how dedicated financial professionals can make a powerful impact on their clients' lives - personally and financially. What you learn and embrace are things no one can take away from you. And if you're intentional and consistent in applying your abilities, you will have decades in which to benefit. Just look at Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger. Their futures continue to be rewarding because their lessons and experiences continue to multiply. Passionate learning is like saving money - the sooner you start, the greater the benefit of "compound lessons" and the longer that period will be." The Strome College of Business is proud to be one of an elite group of schools to offer this tremendous program and array of resources to its students and faculty.

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