The CFA Institute Research Challenge competition is a great test for all students who are bold enough to face it.
In their role of research analyst, students gain real-world experience and develop the right professional codes.
Throughout the competition, students are supported by an industry mentor who is a professional chartered financial analyst selected by the CFA Society France and by an academic mentor, Dr. Campa, Professor of Accounting at IUM:
“I enjoy so much being the academic mentor of the team taking part to the competition. My role is mainly related to the monitoring of its progress, observing how students interact with each other, constantly reviewing their progress provide them with advice and guidance for creating a good work and a good working environment. In addition, and more importantly, I stress to them the importance to behave professionally, ethically, politely, among each other and with any other person they have to deal during this process such as the organizer, their industry mentor, the representatives from the target company. Indeed, I am truly convinced that only the combination of solid professional skills and ethical and polite behaviors ensures the generation of high-level quality piece of work and respected professionals.”
One for All, and All for One!
“This year again, IUM contributes to creating a unique team by mixing students in terms of gender and nationalities: Amandine (French), Andreas (Swedish), Marianna (Greek), Matteo (Italian), and Stefan (German), have launched themselves in the competition with the hope to uphold the success of previous IUM teams.
Being confronted with different personalities, different cultures, and different approaches to the same problem, they learn how to respect each other and how to work as a team which is essential in today’s world where professional success is becoming less and less individualistic.” said Prof. Campa
IUM wishes good luck to Amandine, Andreas, Marianna, Matteo, and Stefan!
For the third year in a row, IUM is taking part, together with other 19 French universities, to the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute Research Challenge organized by the CFA Society France.
The CFA Research Challenge is a very intensive, but at the same time, stimulating experience for the students. A team of five students from any participating university is faced with the financial evaluation of a real company listed on the French financial market chosen by the CFA Society France. Students are required to write a 10-page research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation. The final 10-page report hides about three months of very hard work, several hours spent to study the target company, assess its past performance, create rational expectations for the future development of the entity, and provide the readers of the report with a convincing investment suggestion about that firm.