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CFA Institute Research Challenge in India - Volunteer Acknowledgement

posted Dec 26, 2011, 4:10 AM by Biharilal Deora CFA   [ updated Dec 26, 2011, 4:16 AM ]

CFA Institute Research Challenge in India

IAIP concluded the India finals of CFA Institute Research Challenge in Mumbai on December 13th 2011. The four teams, which made it to the finals after the equally tough regional rounds, gave brilliant presentation of the investment thesis on the respective companies and responded well to the questions raised by the distinguished panel of judges. Bloomberg, NSE and Bloomberg UTV were the sponsors of the event. The two winning teams will represent India at the APAC finals in Hong Kong on March 2nd, 2012.

Read the full update here along with Photos

For the starters the process started almost 3 to 4 months ago. IAIP Challenge task force screened and finalized the companies under $4bn in market capitalization for each of the four regions of the country – North, South, East and West. It invited and shortlisted 32 business schools to participate in the competition. Then it brought on board a host of graders who evaluated the reports from each of the team and ranked them, mentors who guided the teams in preparing the reports, presentation and Q&A sessions and finally the judges for each of the regional rounds and national finals. Besides the task force arranged for venues, scheduled company presentations, managed logistics and worked to the minutest details. Needless to say they were able to convince and bring in the sponsors for this event.

RegionRegional FinalistCompany covered
North (Winner)Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, DelhiPetronet LNG
SouthThe Institute for Financial Management and Research,  ChennaiCoromandel International
East (Winner)Indian Institute of Management, ShillongEmami
WestShailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT, MumbaiMarico

Feedback from Judges

The judges for the National finals were Sunil Singhania, Ramesh Damani, Ratnesh Kumar and Alan Meder (brief given below). They provided some valuable feedback to the students which would also be applicable to practicing professionals. Firstly, due to limitation of time one has to focus on few points which will corroborate the broad conclusion consistently. A brief background of the company especially to the international audience who may not be familiar with the local companies is always helpful. It is like educating the people on an investment idea. At the same time they need not overload, or run the slides faster or yell. Likewise using the financial statements and figures in global currency like the USD and using international conventions like millions instead of crores will be helpful. Overall, the panelists were impressed by the performance of each team and quality of their presentations.

Panel discussion: India Investment Outlook…

Following the National finals, IAIP organized a short panel discussion on the investment outlook with the same set of judges and Vivek Law as an anchor from Bloomberg UTV which broadcasted it live as well as repeated the telecast twice to its TV audience. While the panelist were optimistic about the long term investment story about India, they were nervous about the government policy gridlock, corruption issues, ban on mining, lack of orders for infrastructure projects, deteriorating fiscal & current account deficit, higher inflation & interest rates, depreciating currency and slowing economy. One of the key differences pointed out between 2008 bear market and current has been the absence of the entrepreneur’s zeal & confidence in new projects. Likewise there have been negligible inflows into the mutual funds or the equity market from the investors. On the positive side prices for stocks in few of the affected sectors have dropped considerably and could be looked at.

About the Judges of National Finals & Panelists

Sunil Singhania CFA, is a Head - Equity Investments, at Reliance Capital Asset Management Ltd and President of IAIP

Ratnesh Kumar, is Managing Director and Head, at Standard Chartered Securities India (SCSI)

Alan Meder CFA, is SVP and Chief Risk Officer, at Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. and also Vice Chair, CFA Institute Board of Governors

Ramesh Damani, is seasoned investor with over two decades of experience and popular for his show on CNBC TV18 “Wizards of Dalal Street”.

About CFA Institute Research Challenge in India

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition which tests the analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills of university students. Students have the unique opportunity to develop and present an equity research report and be mentored and judged by leading industry experts. Local CFA Institute member societies host and launch local competitions involving teams of three to five business and finance students from participating universities who work directly with a local company in researching and preparing a company analysis. The local winning teams will advance to the respective regional finals held in Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Americas; and New York regions. The regional winners will then advance to the global final in the hopes of being crowned the global champion.

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About IAIP

IAIP is an association of local investment professionals consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other finance professionals. As one of 135 CFA Institute member societies, IAIP connects members to a global network of investment professionals. IAIP promotes ethical and professional standards within the investment industry, facilitates the exchange of information and opinions among people within the local investment community and works to further the public’s understanding of the CFA designation and investment industry. IAIP is headquartered in Mumbai and was established in April 2005.

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About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) and CIPM (Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement) curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Institute currently has more than 110,000 members, who include the world’s more than 100,000 CFA charter holders, in 137 countries and territories, as well as 135 member societies in 58 countries and territories.

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Alan Meder, CFAAjay Limaye, CFAAditya Damani, CFA
Anirban DuttaAnshuman Goenka, CFAAlok Agarwal, CFA
Anurag Jain, CFABharat Rathi, CFAAnkit Rastogi, CFA
Basant MaheshwariChetan Shah, CFAAnkur Arora, CFA
Chakri LokapriyaGaurav Jain, CFABhadra Kanaiya, CFA
Dr. Basudeb SenHitesh Shah , CFABharti Chhatre, CFA
Jayesh Gandhi, CFAI.V. Subramaniam, CFABijay Kumar, CFA
Kaushik PoddarJai Bhatia, CFAGaurav Kapur, CFA
Mohit SatyanandJatin Gujrati, CFAGirish Bakhru, CFA
Namit Arora, CFAJeanne Laval, CFAHardik Shah, CFA
Rahul SinghKailaschandra Firke, CFAJinesh Gandhi, CFA
K. RamakrishnanNavin Nambiar, CFAKazi Zaman, CFA
Ramesh DamaniNikhil Rastogi, CFAKishan Gupta, CFA
Ratnesh KumarPawan Kumar, CFAMahesh Nandurkar, CFA
Sanjay JainPrashant Sharma, CFAManoj Puthan Kadan, CFA
Satish Ramanathan, CFARajesh Adhikary, CFAMital Parekh, CFA
Sunil Singhania, CFARajesh Sehgal, CFANalin Moniz, CFA
Suresh Krishnamurthy, CFARakesh Kumar Agarwal, CFANeeti Goyal, CFA
 Salonee Sanghvi , CFANirmal Raghavan, CFA
 Sameer Agarwal, CFANitin Kalani, CFA
Host / CoordinatorsSanjeev Patil, CFAPramod Dangi, CFA
Aviral Jain, CFASeshadri Nathan Krishnan , CFAPrashant Nair, CFA
Bihari L.Deora, CFASharad Venugopal, CFAPuneet Singhania, CFA
Jatin Gujrati, CFAShelja Tondon, CFARavi Kiran, CFA
Kishor  Bagri, CFAShiv desai, CFARohit Kapoor, CFA
Namit Arora, CFASridhar Balakrishna, CFASampat Reddy, CFA
Neeraj Gaurh, CFASubrata Ray, CFASrivathsan Ramachandran, CFA
Prateek GargSundeep Gantori, CFASrivatsan Lakshminarayan, CFA
Vinay Bagri, CFASushant Dalmia, CFASudhanshu Gaurav, CFA
 Vaibhav Goyal, CFASushant Suri, CFA
 Vijay Devar, CFAUmesh Kudalkar, CFA
 Vinay Rao, CFAUnmesh Sharma, CFA
 Vineet Chadha, CFAVijay Sarathi, CFA
 Vipul Badjatya, CFAVinayak Walimbe, CFA
 Virendra Pandey, CFAVineet Hetamasaria, CFA
 Viswanathan M B, CFA 
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Arvind AgrawalPalanisamy Saravanan 
Ashok BanerjeePrabina Rajib 
Dr. A.K.PradhanProf. Ajay Pandey 
Dr. Ajay K. GargProf. Rajesh Manjrekar 
Dr. Arpita KhareProf. Ram 
Dr. Mayank JoshipuraProf. S.V.D.Nageswara Rao 
Dr. Meera SharmaProf. Vrishali N. Bhat 
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Dr. Niti Nandini ChatnaniSanjoy Sircar 
Dr. Pankaj SinhaShridhar Dash 
Dr. Pratap Chandra BiswalSrinivasan Rangan 
Dr.M.VenkateshwarluSSS Kumar 
Mr. Ramanathan KannanUday Damodaran 
Neeraj BatraVikram Kuriyan