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School of Business Finance Students Compete at the CFA Institute Research Challenge

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As part of their finance honors course, five George Mason University School of Business finance students recently competed in the 2019 CFA Society Washington, DC and CFA Society Baltimore, MD Research Challenge at the City Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15. Students Anaysa Delsid, Bahram Khamnei, Jianing Ma, Dylan Peacock, and Marian Rivera presented their “hold” recommendation for Maryland-based Tenable (NASDAQ GS: TENB) to a panel of judges and others at the event.

“The students found the program a rewarding experience and they executed a well-prepared research report and oral presentation,” said faculty liaison Shelly Canterbury. “I am very proud of what they achieved.”

As part of Finance 491: Special Topics in Finance, School of Business finance students have competed several times over the past nine years in national and international finance case competitions. This was the first year Mason participated in the Washington DC Society challenge.

“Competitions like these allow students to expand the skills learned in the classroom to a real-world experience,” says Canterbury.

The CFA Washington DC Investment Research Challenge is a stock research and analysis competition modeled after a program begun by the New York Society of Securities Analysts several years ago. It has become an international competition sponsored by the CFA Institute.

The local competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students and takes place in the spring semester. Students work over the winter break to complete an extensive report on a DMV-owned company, and if chosen, present in February. Winners of the competition in Washington, D.C., advance to the regional and international conference, held in late spring. This year’s winner was The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Campus. Additional universities that competed included American University, Towson University and the University of Maryland.