"Last year, Jacques Olivier, HEC Paris Master of Finance program director sent an email out encouraging all students to have a look at this quantitative competition.
At the time I was reading about Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz's trading strategies and wondered if I could model some of them. I was generally more into fundamental than technical analysis, but next to classes and exams and CFA preparation it was tough to find time and energy to continue my own analysis.
The Quant Awards allowed me to combine something I wanted to anyway with a little extra motivation.
The prize in mind and a deadline helped me to continue working on my investment model. The guidance was pretty straight forward, and for any questions I had, CFA France was super responsive and helpful. I am really happy now that I participated, because I would still have an unfinished investment model laying around, and while the prize money was needed, the publication of my work on the web is overly exciting as well."
Matthias Sigrist, 1st Prize Quant Awards 2012