The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an equity research competition among student teams from the world's top university business and finance programs. CFA Society VBA Netherlands introduced the Challenge to the Netherlands as a means to promote best practices in research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.
In 2010 the Challenge was expanded to include Belgium and in 2013 Luxembourg was added to create the CFA Institute Research Challenge in the Benelux.
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Upon invitation from CFA Society VBA Netherlands, local universities assemble teams of 3 to 5 persons each. Under guidance of a mentor, students write an equity research report on a publicly traded company, and present their findings to a distinguished panel of experts.
The teams are judged on their written reports and the accompanying presentations and a winner is selected. All student partipants this year will receive a CFA program scholarship. The team receives a €1000 check and presentation training to prepare them for the regional and, hopefully, global finals. The winner will advance to the Sub-regional Wetern Europe Finals and possibly even the global Research Challenge Finals. Throughout the competition, CFA Society VBA Netherlands' investment professionals volunteer as mentors and judges and teach students best practices in equity research and corporate analysis.
For the 2021 competition year, all CFA Institute hosted Research Challenge events and the Benelux Research Challenge will be held virtually.
Learn more about the CFA Institute Research Challenge.
The local events up to the Benelux Finals are organised and hosted by CFA Society VBA Netherlands. The sub-regional, regional, and global competitions are hosted by CFA Institute.
CFA Society VBA Netherlands dankt haar Benelux Sponsor van de CFA Institute Research Challenge: