CFA Societies Texas


 CFA Institute Research Challenge of the Southwest Overview


****Winners for 2015-2016:  Southern Methodist University (1st) with University of Texas - San Antonio (2nd)

Rules for the Challenge are posted.  Please review closely. 8 Finalist teams year competed at TIPS with the two top scoring teams progressing to the Regional competition. Members of the top winning team will be entitled to CFA scholarships.   COMPANY FOR 2015-2016 is SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (LUV).  Eight Finalist Teams for 2015-2016:  Rice U, SMU, St Marys, TX Tech, TX Wesleyan, UTA, UTD and UTSA - Congrats!


Overview/History of the IRC: In 2006, the CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the CFA Society of Houston teamed up to launch an exciting new initiative, the Investment Research Challenge-Texas.  In the initial year of the Challenge, student teams from Rice, A&M, TCU and SMU competed with each other on analyzing, writing, and presenting a report recommending a “Buy”, “Sell”, or “Hold” position on a publicly traded company.  The societies assisted in providing education tools; the goal being to provide a value-added real-world application for these students.  The teams were then assigned the company (i.e. the target company) to analyze with access to the CEO and CFO. Teams were given a template to follow in completing their written analysis/report.  All four Texas societies, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio provided mentors for the teams, judges or graders. Finalist teams competed before an oral panel made up of leaders in our investment community at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS).  The winning team went on to compete regionally against other winners hosted by CFA Institute in New York City.

2015 Summary - Out of a total of 25 teams across three states (LA, OK, TX) competing in this year's local CFA Institute Research Challenge, 8 teams competed in the Finals where West Texas A&M University won the competition held in conjunction with TIPS (Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium) on February 21, 2014 at Rice University. Texas State University was second.  The CFA Insitute Research Challenge - Southwest U.S., now in its ninth year, is managed and supported by the CFA Societies Texas (Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio) as well as the CFA societies of Louisiana and Oklahoma. As the winners of this year's event, West Texas A&M team members are eligible to receive a scholarship for their next CFA exam. The top two winners, West Texas A&M and Texas State will represent our area at the Americas Regional Final in Denver on April 16th where teams from across the Americas; Canada, U.S., and Latin/South America will compete.         

2015 -  2016 Update - The CFA Research Challenge - Southwest U. S. began September 2015.  Timelines and up-to-date announcements are availabe on the website starting July 2015.

From its beginnings eight years ago, the Challenge now involves more than 15,000+ students from over 1,000 of the world’s top universities.  Over 100 societies participate utilizing thousands of dedicated volunteers.  IN OUR SOUTHWEST US RESEARCH CHALLENGE WE RELY ON ALMOST 100 OF THOSE DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS!  

AND therefore a very, very special thank you to all the members of the CFA Societies of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma for their assistance in our Southwest U.S. Challenge including the many university liaisons, faculty advisors, instructors, team mentors, graders and judges.  Each of your contributions has made it possible for the Southwest US Challenge to become the success it is today!  Volunteers interested in signing up for the 2015 – 2016 competition, please contact John Keeton ( or Sharon Criswell ( 

Benefits of the CFA Institute Research Challenge:

  • Students receive real-world training in equity analysis
  • Investment professionals make an impact on the profession
  • Public companies promote education and analyst independence
  • Universities gain global exposure
  • Corporate sponsors reach universities, students, and finance professionals

For additional information on the CFA Institute Research Challenge, please download our Powerpoint presentation.



A sincere thanks to all three of our sponsors, Bloomberg, Kaplan Schweser and FactSet.