The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that connects university students with investment professionals from within the CFA Society® network. The competition provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and ethics and tests participants' analytical, valuation, reporting writing, and presentation skills.
Members of our society, along with a faculty advisor and an industry mentor, work with teams of students to value a stock, write a research report, and present their recommendations. Teams then compete with peers from other schools at local-level competitions organized and judged by CFA Society members and volunteers. The winning university team(s) from each local competition then advances to see who will become the sub-regional, regional, and global champions.
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CFA Society Ireland hosts a local competition to select the team that will represent Ireland in the sub-regional finals.
The Research Challenge provides all participants - both individuals and organisations - with great opportunities to get involved.
Students - Find out if your university participates by asking your faculty advisor, our Society, or checking the list of participating universities.
Universities - Form your team and give students the opportunity to compete against their peers and gain real-world experience.
Employers - Become a judge, grader, team mentor, or corporate sponsor.
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Dublin City University
Queen's University Belfast
Trinity College Dublin
University College Cork
University College Dublin - Smurfit Graduate Business School
University of Galway
Team from University College Dublin pictured with CFA Society Ireland President, Niall McDonnell CFA