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					                                NUS Asian MBA Stock Pitch Competition

                                                        3-5 March, 2010

                          Center for Asset Management Research and Investments

                                                        Ronnie Thomas 1

           The inaugural Annual NUS Asian MBA Stock Pitch Competition (SPC) was held at
the NUS Business School from 3-5 March, 2010. Organized by the Center for Asset
Management Research and Investments (CAMRI), the event saw MBA students from 12
of the top Asian business schools competing and showcasing their equity research and
                                                 stock-picking skills in front of a panel of distinguished
                                                 judges from the local investments industry. After two
                                                 days of intensive preparation and competition, the
                                                 NUS Business School team emerged victorious with
                                                 the team from Indian School of Business (ISB), India,
                                                 taking home the runner-up trophy. The SPC is
                                                 designed to replicate the fast-paced, demanding
                                                 experience of fundamental analysts and asset
                                                 managers in the real world. The competition was
                                                 conducted across three rounds; two preliminary
 From left: Simon Flood (Lion Global Investors),
                                                 rounds followed by the final.
Rahul Gupta, Geetali Kumar and Jayson Huang
(NUS Business School)

       SPC kicked off with the welcome dinner on 3 March at the Mochtar Riady Building.
The students had the opportunity to listen to the guest speaker, Mr. Jeffrey Parker,
Founder of First Call, and Chairman of both the Parker Investment Center Advisory
Board and the Johnson School Advisory Council at Cornell University. Mr. Parker
explained how the Parker Center came into being, and how it plays a leading role in
educating and training students for the investment management industry. He also
generously answered a wide range of questions on his years of experience as a serial
entrepreneur as well as investor in the financial industry.

        Day two began with Factset, Bloomberg, Capital IQ, COMPUSTAT, Thomson
Reuters and Datastream training for the participants to familiarize them with these
financial softwares as well as data sources available. Following the lunch, the students
were assigned a common stock for the first preliminary round. For the second
preliminary round as well as the final round they could choose one out of six stocks
listed, respectively. The teams were given time until midnight on 4 March to conduct
their research and submit all three presentations.

        The two preliminary rounds were held on the morning of 5 March. The 12 teams
made their buy/hold/sell recommendations and made use of the research conducted to
substantiate their stand. During lunch, Mr. Daniel Chan, CEO of Lion Global Investors,
delivered the keynote speech. An NUS BBA Alumni, he spoke from his years of
experience in the asset management industry and had valuable words of wisdom for all
aspiring asset managers. Following the lunch, the judges announced the four teams that
made it to the final round of the competition. The teams from The Chinese University of
Hong Kong and Melbourne Business School together with the eventual winners
comprised the line-up for the final round which attracted a huge crowd from NUS
Business School and the financial industry.

       The SPC was an ideal platform for the aspiring asset managers to experience the
rigor and challenges of the investment management industry. CAMRI looks forward to
organizing the NUS Asian MBA Stock Pitch Competition in future years to provide this
same platform to many other students.


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    Ronnie Thomas is a Research Assistant at the Center for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at NUS Business School

				
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