The annual competition, sponsored by the Boston Security Analysts Society, tests students’ ability to scrutinize financial data, analyze economic trends, and produce a thoughtful and original research report about a publicly traded company. This year, students wrote about Staples, the Framingham, Mass-based office supplies company.
Eight schools—including Harvard University and Boston College—participated in the first round of the competition. Only four schools were selected to advance to the final round: Brandeis IBS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Babson College, and Boston University.
“The result validates not only the quality of the education that Brandeis IBS provides, but also our ability to compete with top schools in the area," said Alfonso Canella, senior lecturer at IBS and faculty advisor to the team.
From left to right, Erick Barongo Vedasto, MA '10, Geoff Lordi, MSF '10, and Ningqian He, MBA 10'.
The members of the Brandeis team—Geoffrey Lordi, M.S. ‘10, Ningqian He, M.B.A ’10, and Erick Barongo Vedasto, M.Aief ’10—come from different professional backgrounds, and represent three distinct degree programs offered at IBS.
“Our team embodies IBS's tripartite approach to modern business,” said Lordi, a native New Yorker who plans to pursue a career in professional fund management with a focus on alternative strategies. “With different work, study, and evaluative perspectives, our approach was likely quite different than that of other teams, and I believe that might have been what gave us an edge over an MBA-only program.”
In February, the four remaining teams will make a presentation based on their reports to a panel of judges, comprised of some of the city’s top financial executives. The winning team will compete in a regional and global final.
“This might be only our first time in this competition, but we're in it to win it,” said Lordi.