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 CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition that tests the equity research and valuation, investment report writing, and presentation skills of university students. This annual educational initiative promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring an intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.

How the Challenge Works

Local CFA Institute volunteers work in conjunction with participating local universities to assemble teams of 3-5 business and finance students. Each team works directly with a mentor to research and prepare an equity research report on a publicly traded company.

Each team's findings are locally evaluated by high-profile panels of heads of research, portfolio managers, and chief investment officers from some of the world's top firms. Local champions advance to regional competitions in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA, and then to the global final.

Benefits of Participation

Students: Develop your resume/CV through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.

Universities: Showcase your university on a global scale and provide your students with practical training and invaluable exposure to top industry professionals.

Mentors and Panelists: Encourage best practices in research within the next generation of investment professionals and help give back to the investment profession in a high-impact manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to compete?
Both undergraduate and graduate students.

What is the timing of the Challenge?
See the 2019 Schedule of Events on the sidebar for the Canadian Prairies timeline.

How is the Research Challenge different from a "stock-picking" competition?
Students conduct in-depth analysis on a single company and produce a full equity research report. The winning team is chosen based on the thoroughness of its analysis and knowledge of one company rather than whether their predictions of the stock price are correct.

 Student Resources

​​Official Rules​​​

Report Front & Back Pages​

2017 Winning Presentation​ - Barna Business School

2016 Winning Research Report - University of Waterloo

Participating Universities:

Mount Royal University
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
University of Alberta
University of Calgary (2 teams)
University of Lethbridge (2 teams)
University of Manitoba​ (2 teams)
University of Regina​
University of Saskatchewan
University of Winnipeg




 Local Challenge Information

​Subject Company:  

The Subject Company for the 2020 Research Challenge will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check back soon!

2020 Schedule of Events

October 2019
Subject Company Presentation
Conference Call

January 2020
Team Written Report due

February 28-29, 2020
Local Competition
All events will take place at the Westin Downtown

April 20-21, 2020
Americas Regional Final
New York, NY, USA

April 22, 2020
Global Final
New York, NY, USA

161CFA Member Societies
117CFA Local Level Challenges
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Industry Mentors: hands on work with university students
  • Report Graders: review and grade student research reports
  • Presentation Judges: ​listen to and critique student stock recommendations
Contact Jade Marage​ to get involved.