A team of Griffith Business School finance students have reached the CFA Institute Research Challenge final – the university’s fifth appearance in six years.

The Challenge is a competition between university-sponsored teams which requires participants to research apublicly traded company, prepare a report and then present theirfindings to a panel of judges.

Mentor and Griffith University lecturer Dr John Fan said he was delighted with the result.

“Although we have had a strong tradition in this competition, I don’t think we’ll ever get used it,” he said.

“This outcome once again reaffirms Griffith’s reputation in Finance and Finance Planning (FFP) in South-East Queensland and nationally.
“Achieving excellence and making real world impact are among the key strategies the business school is focused on.”
The successful team includes Alex Demeshko, Lorenzo Ciapetti, Caitlene Hillman, David Forrest and Artem Zainitdino, with coaching from Dr Fan and Ken Howard from Morgans Financial.
Dr Fan said the students had worked tirelessly to achieve this result.
“I don’t think there is any secret ingredients. As Albert Einstein said, ‘Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work’,” he said.
“Being a talented team, our students have clearly demonstrated strong commitment & perseverance, curiosity and team spirit which are all essential qualities in today’s hyper-competitive job market in finance.”
The CFA Institute Research Challenge final, against teams from the University of Sydney, University of Queensland and Bond University, will be held in Sydney on October 19.