(April 1, 2010)--College of Business finance students Will Jones, Addison Lofton, Andre Moreira and Rafael Velez were named regional finalists in the Texas CFA Investment Research Challenge. The purpose of the competition is to teach best practices in research to the next generation of analysts.
The undergraduate students had to analyze, write and present a report recommending buy, sell or hold positions on a publicly traded company. "The experience allowed me to use the tools learned in the classroom for a real valuation project," said Velez, chairman of the Investment Society. "Our research was no different from the street research published by investment banks. This competition was a true application of rigor with relevance."
Cheryl Linthicum, UTSA associate professor of accounting, and Ron Sweet, UTSA lecturer in finance and Investment Society adviser, mentored the students. Ten teams competed in the competition. Additional finalists were Louisiana State University, Southern Methodist University, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Dallas. The finalists presented their oral presentations in February in Dallas.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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