PCI History

Founded in November of 2000 as the Student Endowment Investment Group, Pioneer Capital Investments (PCI) strives to educate students about financial markets. PCI was established through a $100,000 grant by the college’s endowment and has been student run since its inception. Continuously operating for almost two decades, the group has taught generations of Grinnell students investing skills.

PCI consists of a diverse collection of students. Members include students of all graduating classes and many majors, both domestic and international students, and students of varying levels of expertise in the financial markets. With this distinct blend of students, the group is able to analyze multiple viewpoints before making a decision regarding the portfolio.

The key purpose of PCI is to educate students. We also bring in guest speakers such as professors, alumni, and other people from around the community who have experience in finance, accounting, investment management and mathematics.

Join Us

Weekly Meeting
8:00 PM Wednesdays
HSSC 3118

For general questions we invite you to send us an email.

E: invest@grinnell.edu

For website changes please open a pull request if able. Otherwise, send an email.

GitHub: PCI-Website
E: kielyphi@grinnell.edu


Accessing the portfolio, which displays all current holdings and their gross returns, requires logging into the PCI Grinnell Yahoo account login.

Reccomended Resources

Reading financial books, papers, and news is the best way to become familiar with investment terminology and opportunities.

Grinnell College Endownment

Pioneer Capital Investments operates under the supervision of the Grinnell College Office of Investments.

Reccomended Resources, in no particular order


  • (Textbook) Investment Banking, Joshua Rosenbaum & Joshua Pearl
  • (Textbook) Security Analysis, Benjamin Graham & David Dodd
  • The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham
  • The Most Important Thing, Howard Marks
  • The Complete Investor, Charlie Munger
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton Malkiel
  • Shareholder Letters, Warren Buffett
  • Irrational Exuberance, Robert Shiller
  • Inside the Black Box, Rishi Narang
  • The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver
  • (Narrative) More Money Than God, Sebastian Mallaby
  • (Narrative) The Quants, Scott Patterson
  • (Narrative) Flash Boys, Michael Lewis
  • (Narrative) The Snowball, Alice Schroeder
  • (Narrative) Barbarians at the Gate, Bryan Burrough & John Helyar
  • (Narrative) Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis
  • (Narrative) Too Big to Fail, Andrew Sorkin
  • (Narrative) The Big Short, Michael Lewis

News & Blogs

  • Bloomberg
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Value Investors Club
  • Musings on Markets, Aswath Damodaran


  • Bloomberg Terminal (Burling)
  • Quantopian
  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (Short Course)

PCI Membership

Terran Mott 2020



Alden Wahsono 2020



PCI Alumni

Dylan Ambrosoli 2018


Christine Rains 2018


Dung Quang Bui 2017


Muhammad Sami 2017


Henry Cummings 2016


Matthew Grygo 2016


Yousuf Hafuda 2016


Ambar Kakkar 2016


Bruno Maroniene 2016


Dylan Murphy 2016


David Jutrša 2015