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Management students reach regional finals of Research Challenge

Members of the UTSC CFA Research Challenge team include Davit Khachikyan, Daniel Raitsin, Brian Hu, Huiguan (Hans) Sun and Yimin (James) Wang.

A group of UTSC management students will take part in the regional finals of the CFA Research Challenge after being named one of four finalists from universities acrss Ontario. 

The annual Research Challenge allows students to assume the role of investment analysts by completing a study of a particular business, in this case Canadian dollar store chain Dollarama.  The competition is run by the CFA Institute, which is a global association of investment professionals.  

“The team really deserves this recognition for the tremendous effort they put into their research report, especially since most of it was done during a very busy time in their semester,” says Derek Chau, who is academic advisor to the team. 

The UTSC team consists of team captain Daniel Raitsin, David Khachikyan, Brian Hu, James Wang and Hans Sun. They made the finals based on the quality of their research report, during which they got to work with a risk management professional, Raj Arora from National Bank of Canada.

“It feels amazing to be able to represent UTSC,” says Raitsin. “This is the first time we’ve done a full evaluation of a company, so it’s been a great learning experience.”

The other finalists are from Queen’s School of Business, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. The student teams will present their research and analysis of the subject business to a panel of financial industry professionals in Toronto on February 13.

The UTSC team is preparing for the finals by polishing their analysis, seeking feedback from professors and peers and practicing their presentation skills.

The winning team will qualify for the North American competition in Toronto on March 21. The winner of that competition will advance to the global final in London, England in April.

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