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Founded in 2009, the Capital Management Club (CMC) is a student-run investment club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Club members learn about the challenges of investing in stocks by actively researching potential investment ideas and presenting their conclusions to the club. Membership exists in two tiers, with full members (known as portfolio analysts) having completed the rigorous stock pitch and interview process. Successful pitches are purchased in a “real money” portfolio provided to the club by the Hawk Center for Applied Security Analysis. The Club also organizes networking opportunities with investment industry professionals through guest speakers and company visits.. View More

Our Executive Board

Travis Bradford

President

Griffin Haase

Vice President

Tien Zhuen Lee

Treasurer

Patrick Hoffman

Pitch Logistics Co-Chair

Kyle Lindgren

Pitch Logistics Co-Chair

Elise Gerard

Member Relations Chair

Trip Hanley

Marketing Chair

Nick Okon

Career Development Co-Chair

Brennan Flaherty

Career Development Co-Chair

Elena Wallenfang

Recruitment Co-Chair

Taran Katta

Recruitment Co-Chair

Conor McCarthy

Chair, Event Coordinator

Our Blog: CMCnotes

Stock Analysis and Forecasting Read more

Stock Analysis and Forecasting

I hope you are able to join us tomorrow night for the training session covering stock analysis and forecasting - the slides are attached. The zoom link to connect at 5:45 is here

Last session, we discussed Accounting and Company Analysis and covered how you can access and analyze information to understand how companies work operationally and how the competitive nature of the industry in which they operate influences how they perform financially. 

We will briefly review that material and then transition to thinking about the stocks of the company we are analyzing including identifying key stock drivers. This is a technique professional analysts use to more efficiently filter the plethora of information available to identify signals that can help make good investment decisions. We will also discuss how to estimate market expectations for the drivers that might be discounted in the current market price as well as how to develop forecasts for how the drivers will affect the companies and the stock valuation prospectively.

One additional item we’ll discuss is the Associate Member Pitch Day schedule for April 21st. The current teams are here. I think zoom might be an efficient way for teams to connect to discuss their ideas and work on their pitch. Some of you may already have accounts, but if not, you can register for a free account here.

Research in a time of uncertainty Read more

Research in a time of uncertainty

I hope you are all doing ok. Obviously, there is a lot going on with the coronavirus and it may seem insensitive to talk about investing during a global pandemic, but you should understand that if you choose a career investing, you will be required to make decisions in times of great uncertainty. Having an investment process is essential to making good decisions and especially so in times like these.

Robert W. Baird Read more

Robert W. Baird

Michael Pesendorfer, recent UW graduate and former CMC member, met with the club over Zoom to discuss opportunities at Robert W. Baird. In addition to reviewing the attached slides, Michael took questions from members on his day-to-day, the role of  a sell-side analyst, and what it is like to work at Baird. Among other things, Michael noted that Baird is hiring analysts and prefers undergrads. You can watch Michael’s presentation here.

Accounting and Company Analysis Read more

Accounting and Company Analysis

The slides we used in the latest training session are attached. During the session we discussed some key accounting concepts and reviewed where to find useful financial reports in Factset. We also discussed different types of businesses and how the competitive nature of the industry in which a company operates can be revealed in the company’s financial reports.

Following the accounting discussion, we reviewed the key elements of a stock pitch: a business overview, the investment thesis, and forecasts and valuation. We also outlined the steps in the research process that allow an analyst to put together an effective pitch.

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