SXU business students to participate in CFA Institute Research Challenge

Students from Saint Xavier University’s Graham School of Management will participate in this year’s CFA Institute Research Challenge, hosted by CFA Society Chicago.

The Research Challenge is an annual educational initiative designed to promote best and ethical practices in equity research to finance and business students through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in equity analysis. The global competition runs until April, 2013, and is expected to attract about 3,300 students and 750 universities from nearly 60 countries.

The program spans almost an entire semester, and includes the following components: Analysis of a publicly-traded company; Mentoring by a professional research analyst; Writing a research report; Presentation of research to a panel of experts; and Advancement to the CFA Institute Research Challenge Global Finale.

The contest involves a team of three to five students performing equity research on AptarGroup, Inc., a global supplier of a broad range of dispensing systems for the beauty, personal care, home care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage markets. The team will compete for an opportunity to present for the local Research Challenge title on Feb. 20, 2013 in Chicago.

The first, second, and third place teams will receive various prizes sponsored by CFA Chicago. The first place team also will continue to the regional competition in Toronto, Canada. Regional champions will then vie for the global title on April 12, 2013 in London.

Other area schools participating in the challenge include: DePaul University; Illinois Institute of Technology; Loyola University Chicago; Northern Illinois University; Northwestern University; University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and University of Notre Dame.

For more information, please contact the Graham School of Management at (773) 298-3600 or visit, keyword: graham.