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Business students take gold in 'Investment Olympics'

February 13, 2013

CSU tops teams from DU, CU, UNC and Metro State to advance to the Americas Regionals in Toronto in March.

Front, from left, Brian D. Hickey, CFA, Industry Mentor; MBA Financial Risk Management majors Miran Hossain and Hoa Nguyen; back, from left, senior Ian Heath; Faculty Advisor David A. Mascio, and senior Joshua Shaughnessy.A four-student team from the College of Business placed first in the Colorado CFA Society Global Research Challenge -- the “Investment Olympics” for university students -- held Jan. 23, and will go on to compete against teams from across the Western Hemisphere in Toronto.

Student teams from five Colorado business schools -- University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Northern Colorado and CSU -- competed in Denver. Their challenge was to provide an investment research recommendation for Ball Corp. that included in-depth business and valuation analysis, report writing, and presentation. Teams worked directly with the covered company and industry mentors in preparing their analysis of the firm, its competitors, and industry.  Students’ final presentations were judged by a high-profile panel of heads of research, portfolio managers, and chief investment officers from top investment firms.

“I am extremely proud of our students and their faculty mentor David Mascio for doing such an outstanding job and representing the department,” said Sanjay Ramchander, CFA, chair of the CSU Department of Finance and Real Estate. “I want to thank all our faculty members for providing support and encouragement that made this a true team effort.”

The CSU team consists of seniors Ian Heath and Josh Shaughnessy and master’s Financial Risk Management students Miran Hossain and Hoa Nguyen. They will now represent the Colorado CFA Society in the Americas Regionals in Toronto, March 20-21. Each regional champion then advances to the Global Final, where one winning team is ultimately crowned. The 2013 final will be held on April 12 in London.

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