A team of five CU Denver students recently met with executives at Molson Coors Brewing Company, the largest brewery in the world, to gain insights related to their preparations for the CFA Institute Global Research Challenge.
The competition “is designed to promote best practices in equity research to business and finance students” worldwide, according to the CFA Society of Colorado.
This is the first year that CU Denver is competing in the challenge and it is putting its best foot forward with a highly diversified team from the Business School. Comprised of two graduate students (Kidoong Kim and Tanmay Mudbidri) and three undergraduate students (Uranchimeg Olonbayar, Kirill Buzinov and Patrick Bursey), CU Denver’s CFA team was assembled on Oct. 7, 2013, to develop an initiation of coverage report, which requires skills in writing, analytics, valuation and equity research.
The CFA Institute Global Research Challenge will take place on Jan. 22, 2014. The CU Denver team will compete against five other local universities, including University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.
If the CU Denver team wins the local competition, it will advance to the regional finals, which consists of 49 teams from North and South America and takes place in Denver on March 18-19, 2014.
About The CFA Institute Research Challenge
The Global Research Challenge was introduced in 2006 and is considered the “Investment Olympics” for university students worldwide. It is designed to promote best practices in equity research to business and finance students. Last year, more than 3,500 students worldwide participated in local Challenges, representing 54 countries, 113 Societies, and over 775 universities. The 2013-2014 CFA Institute Research Challenge officially began on May 15, 2013. Regional Challenge events will take place in Denver, Milan and Bangkok throughout March and April of 2014. The Global Final will take place in Bangkok on April
About the Team
Academic Advisor – Cindy Sutfin, Instructor of Finance at University of Colorado Denver
CFA Mentor – Elias Bachmann, Senior Portfolio Manager at BSW Wealth Partners
Undergraduate Student – Patrick Bursey, Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration
Undergraduate Student – Kirill Buzinov, Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration
Undergraduate Student – Uranchimeg Olonbayar, Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration
Graduate Student – Kidoong Kim, Master’s of Science in Finance
Graduate Student – Tanmay Mudbidri, Master’s of Science in Finance
(Photo: CU Denver students competing in the CFA Challenge tour the Molson Coors facility in Golden. From left are Tanmay Mudbidri, Kidoong Kim, Uranchimeg Olonbayar and Kirill Buzinov.)