New Brunswick’s civil servants can sleep easy knowing that a small part of their pension fund is being managed by a group of elite business students at the University of New Brunswick.

In 1998, New Brunswick Investment Management Corp. hired the UNB Student Investment Fund to be external managers of $1 million in real cash.

The fund is now worth about $2.7 million – all from investment returns – and well above the $2.3 million value it reached in 2007 before the recession.

Program director Prof. Glen Cleland said in the last three years – the worst market since the Great Depression – the fund has consistently outperformed many professional money managers.

“Not only were the students able to protect the value of their portfolio, they managed to grow it,” said Cleland.

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