Foreign Trade Univerity HCMC Won CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vietnam 2016 – 2017

Student competitors demonstrate financial analysis skills to the highest standards; represent the future of the investment management industry

Hanoi, 17 December 2016 – CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, and CFA Volunteer Community Vietnam, today announced that Foreign Trade University Ho Chi Minh City has won the local competition of the CFA Institute Research Challengein Vietnam and now advances to the Asia Pacific Regional Final where it will compete against universities from the region.

Hosted by CFA Institute and CFA Volunteer Community Vietnam, the sixth CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vietnam provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis to promote best practices in equity research amongst the next generation of financial professionals. The students from the winning team will represent Vietnam at the AsiaPacific Regional Final in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 March 2017 and get a chance to advance towardsthe Global Finalwhich will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on 28 April 2017.

“The students from Foreign Trade University Ho Chi Minh City have demonstrated that they have the important skills and attributes to become professional research analysts. The financial industry is a challenging environment, and we need young people like them who possess the skills, technical knowledge, persistence, as well as commitment to upholding the highest ethical stanards,” said Mr. Vo Sang Xuan Vinh, CFA, representing CFA Institute members in Vietnamwho organized the competition. “We wish them all the best in the AsiaPacific Regional Final in Bangkok.”

Competing in the qualifying round were students from 17universities, andonly four advanced to final. The four finalist teams came from Foreign Trade University Ho Chi Minh City, RMIT University HCMC, Hoa Sen University HCMC, and Banking AcademyHanoi.Their challenge was to provide investment research recommendations for the stock of Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company, which produces, retails, trades in, imports, and exports gold, silver, jewelry, gemstones, fashion products, and arts and crafts products in Vietnam. The four finalist teams presented their analysis and proposals to a panel of judges comprised of investment expert.

“We witnessed this remarkable professional judgmentand a high level of enthusiasm from the finalist teams. This bodes well for the future of the financial industry in Vietnam and the rest of Asia Pacific,” saidMr. Biharilal Deora, CFA, “CFA Institute believes in the benefits of working with the academic community through the Research Challenge to help prepare the best and brightest students in each country for the rigor and responsibility of the finance profession.”

Entering its 11th year now, the CFA Institute Research Challenge offers students with the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and their peers from the world’s top business schools. Ethics and professional standards are essential components of this challenge. Through the course of the competition, which requires hundreds of hours of preparation, participants receive mentoring from a professional research analyst as they analyze a publicly traded company, write a professional research report, and present their research results and recommendations to a high-profile panel of experts. The first Research Challenge competition was hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts in 2002 and involved just five teams from the New York area. Since then, the competition has grown to involve tens of thousands of students from over 900 universities in more than 75 countries.

Meanwhile, a ceremony for new CFA charterholders was held following the Research Challenge final. This year, 51 individuals in Vietnam earned their Chartered Financial Analyst® charter designation in a ceremony in Hanoi. To earn the CFA designation, candidates must pass three levels of rigorous exams, fulfill four years of work experience, and abide by the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. There are about 137,000 CFA charterholders in global community, and 171 of them are in Vietnam.



“I would like to congratulate all the new charterholders who join us in our pursuit to build professionalism, raise standards, and prove the value of the investment profession,” said Paul Smith, CFA, president and CEO at CFA Institute. “The financial market in Vietnam is growing rapidly, and it requires world-class financial talents for its sustainable growth. We will continue to collaborate closely with Vietnamese financial authorities and industry professionals to nurture a culture of ethical behavior, investor protection and market integrity.”