Student Team from Switzerland wins CFA Institute Research Challenge

A student team of future investment management professionals from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, have been named the global champions of the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2018 beating Malaysia’s Sunway University’s students in the final. The Research Challenge is an annual competition which invites university students from around the world to conduct in-depth analysis of a listed company, with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis delivered through the CFA Institute network.

The Global Final in Kuala Lumpur welcomed the regional champions for the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, each presenting their stock analysis to a panel of investment industry experts. In total, five student teams participated from universities in the United States, Norway, Switzerland and Malaysia.

Paul Smith, CFA, President and CEO at CFA Institute says, “CFA Institute is committed to helping develop individuals who are trained and ready to contribute to the investment management industry by raising standards of professionalism in their daily work. While the Research Challenge is a tough competition, those who get involved enjoy expert training from an investment professional in their location and opportunities to greatly expand their peer and professional network. I commend each of the competitors on their professionalism, rigorous preparation and effective collaboration with team members.”

The winning team from University of Lausanne presented and defended their analysis of VAT Group AG to a panel of judges drawn from the investment industry. In total, more than 5,700 students from universities around the world participated in the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2018. The Global Final runners-up are already Champions in their respective regions. The teams are from Sunway University, Malaysia; BI Norwegian Business School, Norway; Jacksonville University, U.S and University of Minnesota Duluth, U.S.  

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