Competitions

CFA Institute Research Challenge:

The CFA© Institute Research Challenge is a global equity research competition involving 775 schools in over 55 countries. It is sponsored by the CFA Institute and locally hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). CFA Institute Research Challenge tests your ability to analyze a publicly traded company. Teams will be responsible for initiating sellside coverage on a publicly-traded company, and present their results in the form of a buy/sell/hold recommendation to a panel of industry experts. The report will include sections on business overview, industry/market analysis, financial analysis, equity valuation and risk factors.

The presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by a 10 minute Q&A session, both of which are timed. Oral presentations will be scored on overall argument, thoroughness of analysis, team involvement, poise, quality of slides, and effectiveness during Q&A. The CFA© Institute Research Challenge is a global equity research competition involving 775 schools in over 55 countries. It is sponsored by the CFA Institute and locally hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). CFA Institute Research Challenge tests your ability to analyze a publicly traded company. Teams will be responsible for initiating sellside coverage on a publicly-traded company, and present their results in the form of a buy/sell/hold recommendation to a panel of industry experts. The report will include sections on business overview, industry/market analysis, financial analysis, equity valuation and risk factors.

Fordham Finance Society (FFS) would like to challenge you to try out for the upcoming CFA Research Challenge 2015! We're looking for 5 students who are hard working and extremely motivated to compete in this research challenge. You do not need to have prior finance background, but you do need to demonstrate the capacity to work hard, willingness to learn finance, working well under pressure and in a team, the ability multitask (school work & CFA Research work) ,and a strong desire to win.

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To give you a little bit of our background, Fordham University won the first place in the New York Regional in the last two years. Each year, we select the best 5 students out of the students who tried out to represent our Fordham University.

Note: The CFA Institute Research Challenge is also known within our school as the External Competition, which is hosted by NYSSA/CFA Institute. This competition is different from the Internal Competition, which is hosted by Fordham University.

 


ACG Cup Competition:

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG community.

The ACG Cup tests your ability to analyze a particular M&A deal. You will also need to apply financial modeling and valuation. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions, with regional winners awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.

For more detail, go to: http://www.acg.org/global/about/default.aspx

 


Estimize All-America Student Analyst Competition:

This competition is hosted by Estimize and Institutional Investor Magazine, whose analyst ranking is the most authoritative on Wall Street.


Credit Suisse Holt Valuation Challenge:

The HOLT Valuation Challenge is organized by Credit Suisse, and it centers on proprietary HOLT methodology of valuation, which emphasizes a cash generating capability. It is a 3-week game in which you will improve your understanding of accounting, finance and valuation.The three elements that make it unique are:

  • Value of CFROI vs. Accounting Ratios
  • Understanding market expectations
  • A Global Market Review

The competition is divided into three stages:

  • Stage one involves watching videos on valuation techniques and answering multiple choice questions. The videos are approximately 15 minutes long. Every question that is answered correctly will earn points. There are three levels in stage one, which have to be completed over the course of three weeks. The points for each question are higher as levels increase. A minimum number of points must be earned in order to proceed to the next stage.
  • Stage two consists of making a two minute stock pitch video on a given company. The video will be evaluated by Credit Suisse professionals. The participants with the best pitch will proceed to the final stage.
  • Stage three is the chance to interview for an internship position at Credit Suisse and affiliates.

For more information, go to: http://www.holtvaluationchallenge.com/

 

 


PRMIA Risk Management Challenge:

The PRMIA Risk Management Challenge (PRMC) provides undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines the opportunity to solve realistic business problems with a risk management focus. Ultimately, the PRMC aims to develop and strengthen professional and social relationships across students, faculty, and risk professionals. Guidelines for the competition are as follows:

  • Teams must create a PowerPoint presentation of the solution along with a one page write-up of a management summary.
  • Presentations will consist of 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A from the appointed panel of judges.
  • Teams will have 64 hours to prepare for the first round and 56 hours for the final round.
  • Participants are allowed unlimited references and textbooks; they are also allowed to seek help from industry experts
  • Teams will not be allowed to watch presentations preceding their own.

For more information, go to: http://www.prmia.org/prmia-risk-management-challenge

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