CFA Research Challenge 2019/2020

Das CFA Institute organisiert jedes Jahr den "CFA Institute Research Challenge in Switzerland". Hierbei geht es um einen Wettbewerb verschiedener Schweizer Universitätsteams, in welchem jeweils ein aktueller Bewertungs- bzw. Finanzierungscase zu bearbeiten ist. Die Koordination von Teams an der Universität Basel läuft über die Professur Finanzmanagement (Prof. Dr. Pascal Gantenbein).

CFA Research Challenge 2019/2020   

An der Universität Basel wird der Challenge seit HS 2016 als Kolloquium unter der Bezeichnung "41620 CFA Research Challenge" im Curriculum geführt. Für die Basler Studierenden gibt es zu Semesterbeginn (erste zwei Semesterwochen, Datum tbd) einen Kick-off, in welchem die wesentlichen Aspekte erklärt und die Gruppen gebildet werden. Das weitere zeitliche Vorgehen richtet sich nach den allgemeinen Terminen, welche über das CFA Institute für alle partizipierenden Universitäten koordiniert werden. Daraus ergibt sich auch, dass sich der Challenge über zwei Semester erstreckt und erst im Verlaufe des FS 2020 abgeschlossen sein wird. Die Anrechnung der KPs erfolgt dementsprechend im FS 2020. Interessierte Teams und Studierende dürfen sich gerne bei Pascal Gantenbein (pascal.gantenbein-at-unibas.ch) anmelden.

Official Information of the CFA Institute about the 2019/2020 CFA Research Challenge:

The challenge is an annual competition between teams of students in preparing an investment case consisting of a detailed research report and a presentation of a listed Swiss company. For the up-coming competition, we have selected u-blox. u-blox (UBXN SW), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions allow people, vehicles, and machines to determine their precise position and communicate wireless over cellular and short-range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.  

Students will be supported by industry mentors and must present their results in front of a panel of senior investment professionals. The challenge provides students with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the investment world and to interact intensively with investment professionals and CFA charterholders. The Swiss champion will participate in the EMEA finals, to take place in the Dead Sea Area, Jordan on 1-2 April 2020 and possibly to the Global Finals in New York, USA on 20-21 April 2020. In addition, the winning Swiss teams will receive a cash prize of a total of CHF 3'000 as well as a certificate issued by the CFA Institute.

In setting up the challenge, the CFA Society Switzerland is trying to promote best practices in equity research and company analysis. CFA Society Switzerland is a member society of CFA Institute, the largest global association of investment professionals with more than 164'000 members and 151 member societies. CFA Institute awards the CFA Charter, the CIPM designation and runs the Investment Foundations Program. In Switzerland, the society has more than 3000 investment professionals as members. We are committed to leading the investment profession by setting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence.

We are happy to share with you the following dates for the challenge:

  • 26 September 2019, University of Zurich – Kick-off meeting (mandatory). The kick-off will include a presentation by Roland Jud, CFO of u-blox as well as a presentation by CFA Society Switzerland on the rules & regulations of the challenge as well as the detailed deliverables
  • 26 November 2019 – Conference call with u-blox’s CFO (mandatory)
  • 6 January 2020 – Anticipated deadline for the finalist reports 
  • 18 February 2020 –  Anticipated deadline for the finalist presentations. Earlier deadlines will apply for competition within each university between the different teams.
  • 27 and 28 January 2020, Gumligen – Presentation Boot Camp for finalists
  • 20 February 2020, Aula of the University of Zurich – The Swiss Final presentations and award ceremony

Please be aware, as each year, only one team per professor / Univesity can attand the Swiss final competition.

Please note that pursuant to the rules of the Challenge, students are not allowed to directly contact the subject company outside the abovementioned events but may start to look at the company using publicly available information and start researching this industry as early as they wish.  

Below some marketing material for your perusal.