CFA Society VBA Netherlands

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies


 Student in Finance? This is the Award for You!



More than a century after the seminal work of Louis Bachelier, the quantitative approach to financial markets has become omnipresent.

Nowadays, many investment outfits specialize in research, development and implementation of systematic trading strategies, while other active asset managers have added quantitative strategies to their business lines. Individual clients may also now delegate management of their portfolios to robo-advisors.

These are just few manifestations of the changing landscape and we believe that the quantitative portfolio management will become ever more important because of the discipline offered by the scientific approach and full automation of the investment process.

Are you currently in the process of writing your Master's dissertation about a quantitative finance subject? And do you have the confidence to present your dissertation to an expert panel, selected by the CFA Societies? If you are in for a challenge and if you would like to make an impact in the field of quantitative investing, the CFA European QuantAwards are right for you! We would like to ask you to summarize your Master's dissertation and submit your paper in order to have a chance of winning one of the 3 prizes below: 


1st PRIZE: €2,000

+ CFA Program Exam registration

2nd PRIZE: €1,000

+ CFA Program Exam registration

3rd PRIZE: €500​

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The 2017 QuantAwards will be the 7th edition of QuantAwards, and the 3d European edition with the participation of CFA Society France, CFA Society Ireland and CFA Society Netherlands.

Last year we were proud to have a student from a Dutch university claiming the 3th prize. This year we encourage even more students to participate – on behalf of the CFA Society the Netherlands, Peter Korteweg ( and Frederik Mannaerts ( serve as contact persons.






"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

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Deadlines: Candidates should register with their local CFA Society before 30 June​ 2017; no CFA membership is required. Registered candidates must submit their reports before 31 July 2017​​