Baruch Students Are Finalists for Second
Annual Investment Research Challenge

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The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) has named a Baruch student team one of four finalists in the Second Annual Investment Research Challenge. The Baruch team, composed of MBA students Avram Fisher, Sandra Nipperus, Risto Pussim and Marco Sze, will compete against teams from the NYU Stern School of Business, Rutgers Business School and the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, in the finals.

The Challenge is an eight-month initiative in which leading industry professionals teach business and finance students how to research and report on a publicly traded company. The pharmaceutical company Emipshere Technologies Inc. of Tarrytown , N.Y. was the subject company of this year’s competition.

Eight teams originally entered the Challenge. Their reports on Emisphere were graded by a group of nine financial executives led by Jonathan Goldfarb, CFA, a retired analyst with 32 years of experience, the last 25 years at Merrill Lynch. The Baruch team was mentored by Prof. John Merrick (Finance) and Prof. Richard Holowczak, director of the Subotnick Financial Services Center/Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor.

The four finalists will make oral presentations on April 22 to a panel of Wall Street executives chaired by Martin S. Fridson, CFA, CEO of Fridson Vision LLC and publisher of Leverage World. The winning team will be selected that night. Winners will be featured in the Journal of Investment Management and are invited to spend a day with the equity research team at Prudential.


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