5 марта 2020 г.

CFA Association Russia held the local level final of the 2019-2020 CFA Institute Research Challenge. The big event was held on February 27 at Moscow Exchange (MoEx) and gathered six best university teams of this year’s competition.

This was the 10th anniversary event of the student competition held at the local level since the launch of the Research Challenge by CFA Institute.

Upon completing research on this year’s subject company, ALROSA, 25 teams submitted final reports in mid-January. A team of graders comprised of finance industry professionals and members of CFA Russia marked the reports over the next few weeks. Based on the grading, six teams with the highest report scores were selected and invited to the local final, during which the two winning teams were determined.

The six finalists were teams from the Banking Institute of Higher School of Economics (HSE), International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, New Economic School (NES) and the sixth team came a long way from Baku, representing Azerbaijan State University of Economics.

The teams from ICEF and HSE emerged as the two winning teams, showing excellent research and presentation skills. Now these two teams will travel to Jordan, where the EMEA Regional Final will be held on April 1-2, 2020.

Over the past several years the level of competition in the local stage of Research Challenge has risen significantly. Last year, students from MSU won the EMEA Regional Finals and were among the five best teams from across the world in the New York global finals. This makes the Russian local stage one of the most competitive Research Challenge stages in the world. All six teams in the finals did an outstanding job presenting their reports. The difference between the first and fourth places was only 5 points, that’s how competitive the challenge has become.

Above: the team from ICEF won the local stage of the 2019-2020 CFA Institute Research Challenge.

CFA Institute Research Challenge gives students a great opportunity to gain valuable professional analyst experience, which will be a big advantage for their future careers. During the competition students showed not only a solid knowledge of a financial analysis, but also other key professional skills, including team work, great communication skills, and determination.

CFA Russia would like to thank Kaplan Schweser, Moscow Exchange and ALROSA, the three companies that sponsored and helped to put together the local stage of the 2019-2020 CFA Institute Research Challenge.

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