COINS operates out of the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation, which provides the group’s funding. The COINS mission is to yield a positive, risk-adjusted return for the Foundation while enhancing the learning experience of Virginia Tech students through informative and refined internal training sessions, industry expert networking and learning opportunities, and various travel experiences that provide optimal exposure to real world business and markets.COINS meets several times each week. The group has one trading meeting per week on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 where members make trade pitches based that are then voted on by the group before being approved. We also meet once a week for a regularly scheduled training meeting on Fridays from 2:30-3:30, which can take on many forms including: industry expert guest speakers, internal training sessions, professional development activities, and more. Each division also meets once a week, usually on Mondays. The expected time commitment for COINS members is around 10-15 hours per week divided between market research and analysis and in-person meetings.