Research Note Writing Challenge – A Women in Finance initiative
- January 29 - February 19, 2021
- 5:00 pm to 11:59 pm
Do you have a flair for writing?
And a clear vision of key themes that will characterise the next five years?
Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing investment research?
If yes, then this is your chance to write a riveting piece of investment research
and have the best in the business assess it.
Win exciting prizes, get your research published on CFA Society India’s blog and showcased on social media.
Topic: Key Themes that will emerge and shape the Indian economy over the next 5 years
Word Limit: Investment research note spanning 800-1000 words in Calibri Font, Size 10.
Submission format: PDF version of a word document.
A woman who is either:
- a CFA charter holder, or
- a CFA charter pending, or
- a CFA program candidate who has cleared the Level -1 exam.
1). Highlight 3-5 key trends that in your view, will emerge and shape the Indian Economy over the next five years.
2). The aim is to highlight themes from the economic, social, political or corporate realms. However, given that this is an investment research challenge, participants are encouraged to identify themes that will have clear investment implications.
3). Whilst you will be assessed on the quality of your opinions, quantitative and/or logical reasoning must be used to highlight the basis of your views.
4). It is advisable to have a mix of text, charts (maximum 4 charts with clear specification of data source) and tables (maximum 2 with clear specification of data source) in the research note.
5). A quantitative approach to support your arguments/views will attract additional credits from judges.
6). Lucid, original and well-articulated views about the next five years is ideally what you should be focused on highlighting.
7). Checks for plagiarism will be conducted. The screening team can chose to penalise or in a worst case, disqualify entries found to be plagiarising original work.
1). A participant can enter only one research note and one version in the competition.
2). Requests to allow multiple research notes and/or alternate versions will not be entertained.
3). The decision of the judges will be final. Participant will have no opportunity to challenge or appeal the decision made by judges.
4). CFA Society India will have the right to use content from all entries (whether selected as winners or not) on its social media handles.
1). All entries will be evaluated by a core team drawn from CFA Society India’s volunteers. They will endeavour to keep the evaluation process as objective and consistent as possible.
2). The top six entries will make it to the final round where they will be evaluated by a panel of two external judges:
- Farida Khambata, Co-founder – Cartica Capital the first Indian women to receive a CFA charter
- Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor – CNBC TV18 and India’s leading financial journalist
Grand finale webinar and prize announcements
The top three entries will be identified at a grand finale webinar where the winners will be announced.
Winners will feature in a webinar alongside the panelists/judges. Each winner will be accorded three minutes to make a presentation of their ideas. Following the presentations, the floor will be opened for questions
Registration will involve a 2-step process.
Step 1. Digital registration on Explara.
Step 2. Submission of Research note in prescribed format.
Both these steps must be completed by 11:59 PM IST on 19 Feb 2021.
- Last date for submissions is 19th Feb
- Webinar with finalists: 9th March
3rd prize –Annual subscription to The Economist
Plus attractive rewards for 4th and 5th placed winners
All three best research notes will be published on CFA Society India’s official blog and showcased on its social media accounts.