The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Student teams work to research and analyze a publicly traded company; write a research report highlighted by a buy, sell, or hold recommendation; and then present and defend their findings to a panel of industry experts.
Beginning in October of each year, CFA Society Seattle collaborates with students and faculty leadership at universities throughout the state of Washington to educate them further about the competition and meet their local industry mentor, one of whom is paired with each team. In addition to gathering publicly available data to form the basis of their recommendation, the teams meet the subject company management to learn about the company's strategy. Following this meeting, students worked with their faculty advisors and industry mentors to finalize and submit their January report. The final in-person presentations are made in February with the best and brightest team advancing to the America's Regional Competition in early Spring.
Student students spend 100 to 150 hours researching their assigned company and assembling their report, and more than 30 hours practicing their presentation.
SPRING & FALL SOCIALS
BRAVE HORSE TAVERN | Back by popular demand, Seattle CFA Society hosts its Annual Fall Social at the Brave Horse Tavern. An opportunity to network with fellow charterholders and top investment professionals in the Puget Sound, guests enjoy German style food and cocktails, play shuffle board, and continue to form important business relationships.
THE FOUNDRY | CFA Seattle members enjoy the Annual Spring Social and wine tasting event held at the Foundry, featuring wines from Cooper Wine Company, Sozo Winery, and Teveri Cellars. Along with award winning wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres, the Spring Social serves as an opportunity to establish and deepen business connections and relationships with fellow CFA Seattle members and other finance industry professionals.
10th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING & SOCIAL
Get out your clubs for our 10th Annual Golf Outing & Social! CFA Society Seattle returns to the Interbay Golf Center nestled between Puget Sound and two of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. This 9-hole Links-style executive Par 3 golf course can be challenging yet fun to play. Opened in 1997, the Par 28 course features well-kept greens, manicured fairways, and has even been recognized by Audubon International for its water conservation efforts.
We have something for everyone, and encourage golfers of all levels to take part in the festivities. Organized as a four-person scramble, golfers are allowed to form their own foursomes, and we can help match up golfers in in order to help them get to know fellow investment professionals.
Sponsorship of the golf outing provides the opportunity to showcase your firm's name and to network with fellow Charterholders and local investment industry leaders in a casual setting.
Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. with a 1:45 p.m. shotgun start, and is immediately followed by cocktails, heavy appetizers, and prizes awarded to the first and second place teams as well as the "KP" winner.
A popular activity, there is always a very limited attendance capacity, and we strongly encourage advanced registration!
CHARTERHOLDER RECOGNITION CEREMONY & HOLIDAY PARTY
Each December, CFA Society Seattle hosts an annual Charterholder Recognition Ceremony in conjunction with it's end of year holiday party. This special and well attended evening celebrates our successful candidates, new charterholders, honors milestone anniversaries, providing a not-to-be-missed opportunity for networking and celebrating our profession.
ANNUAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Our annual education programs are held from September through June (10 months) and span the interests of the seasoned investment professional and feature high profile industry experts. A number of interactive activities are held throughout the year which allow members to connect on topics and issues that are of common interest, and offer education and networking opportunities in a collaborative setting.
Recent program topics include Advocacy and Standards; Alternatives; Economics; Fixed Income; Global Equities; Private Wealth; and Quantitative Methods. Past speakers have featured Deepak "DB" Bharadwaj, Founder/President Minetta Brook Inc.; Aaron Hurd, FRM State Street Global Advisors; Michael G. McMillan, Ph.D., CPA, CFA, Director, Ethics Training, CFA Institute; and John de Carvalho, CFA and Chief Investment Officer, Moss Adams Wealth Advisors, LLC.
PUTTING INVESTORS FIRST WASHINGTON
Now in its 6th year, Putting Investors First Washington serves as an opportunity for CFA Society Seattle to ensure that investors' rights – including disclosure of information, fair and honest advice, and accurate assessment of risk and reward - is at the core of the Puget Sound financial industry. It is a reminder that the actions of financial professionals not only reflect their own character but also impact the reputation of their firm and profession more broadly.
Putting Investors First Washington is annually celebrated in May; a month on which CFA Society Seattle and the Puget Sound financial community demonstrate their commitment to putting investors' interests first and to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry which better serves society.