Canisius Wins First Place in CFA Challenge

March 12, 2018


Buffalo, NY – Canisius College students are again making their mark in the investment management profession.  A four-person team from the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) secured a first place win in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held at the University of Rochester February 9.  This is the eighth consecutive year a Canisius team took home first place in the challenge.  SUNY Geneseo placed a close second in the competition followed by SUNY Buffalo, which came in third.  Other schools participating in the challenge included the University of Rochester, Cornell University, Niagara University Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), SUNY Oswego and Nazareth College.  The Golden Griffin Fund team now advances to the Americas Regional Challenge, which will be held March 19-20 in Boston.

“The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a rigorous global competition that tests our students’ knowledge and application of investment management principles, ethics and professional standards,” says Richard A. Wall ’78, PhD, CFA, professor of economics/finance and interim dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.  Wall is also the faculty advisor to the Canisius team.  “To be among the 54 teams who are moving on to the Americas Regional Challenge is an incredible honor for our students and a testament to their hard work and commitment to the competition, and their futures in the investment management profession.”

“This competition provides our students with an opportunity to integrate their academic training in a team environment and become polished professionals at the very start of their careers,” adds Steven Gattuso ’87, MBA ’89, CFA, CFP, CMA, director of the GGF and CFA mentor to Canisius students.

The Golden Griffin Fund team that took home first place in the Western New York CFA Institute Challenge was comprised of Zoe Elkington MBA '18 (team captain), Andrew Boccio ’18, Mohamed Diyani ’19 and Connor Rosenecker ’18

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance and economics. Teams are challenged to research a publicly traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition. 

The subject company for this year’s Canisius GGF team is M&T Bank Corporation.  A regional financial services company with more than $120 billion in assets, M&T provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and commercial financial services to customers in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC. 

Established in 2003, the GGF is one of the region’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate finance majors.  GGF students select potential companies in which to invest, manage and analyze portfolio holdings, and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio. 

In 2015, Canisius College won the global championship title, placing first over more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 865 universities in 70 countries. 

The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute is a global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. The institute has approximately 142,000 members in 159 countries and membership societies in 73 countries around the world. 

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.