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CFA Society Madison Scholarship Notice

Deadline November 1st

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CFA Society Madison is offering three scholarships for the December 2020 or February 2021 CFA exams.  Each scholarship is for $800 to help candidates defer the cost of pursuing the CFA designation.  Applications must fulfill all CFA candidate requirements to be eligible for a scholarship.  Scholarships are not available to CFA Society Madison officers, directors, employees or their immediate families. 

  • Candidates already receiving Access or Awareness scholarships for the June 2020 or December 2020 are not eligible for the CFA Society Madison scholarship.
  • Candidates are ineligible if their current employer provides any financial assistance for participation in the CFA Program.
  • Candidates must sit for the December 2020 exam or the February 2021 exam in order to receive the scholarship payment.

If you are interested in applying - 

  • Complete the Society Scholarship Application  and return by November 1, 2020.  (Recipients will be notified by late November 2020)

Mail the application to:

            CFA Society Madison

            1702 Ashlawn Lane

            Waunakee, WI 53597

            or scan to cfa@cfamadison.org

 

Any questions can be directed to Xuezheng Wu, CFA at xwu@madisoncollege.edu.

Virtual PI Internship Information Day - Seeking Candidates

Northwestern Mutual Capital

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Hello all -

Northwestern Mutual Capital is going to hold its annual NM Public Investments Internship Information/Career Day virtually this year, on August 14. The format will be 30 minute panels with investment professionals from across our firm, starting at 8:30 or 9 (intended agenda below). As always, seeking all candidates but trying to be particularly thoughtful about identifying candidates who may not have investment management exposure within their personal networks. Candidates can email me and we will get them on the list.

Thanks and hope this finds you well!

Jason Schultz (jasonschultz@northwesternmutual.com)

 

Intended Agenda - final to be sent with RSVPs

30 Minutes – Introduction to Public Investments and Fixed Income

30 Minutes – Portfolio Management Panel

30 Minutes – Investment Research Panel

30 Minutes – Trading Panel

30 Minutes – Recruiter and Intern Q&A  

Wall Street Prep

Financial & Valuation Modeling Virtual Seminar

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Hello CMC members,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break so far. As you know, classes will resume on Wednesday, September 2nd (the Wednesday BEFORE Labor Day weekend this year).  For the past few years the Hawk Center has sponsored a financial modeling seminar prior to the start of classes. This year Wall Street Prep will hold a Financial Statement Modeling and Valuation boot camp on Thursday, Aug. 27th and Friday, Aug. 28st in Grainger.  At this point, this boot camp is planned to be offered virtually (this may change as we get closer to the date, but at this point it will be fully virtual.)

Details of what is being offered are described on the attachment. You’ll notice that for the $199 cost you receive a package of benefits at an over 75% discount vs. their current corporate training fees.  In addition to the knowledge you can gain regarding financial statement analysis and valuation, the boot camp involves an Excel shortcut primer that is incredibly useful.  WSP can also be a solid add to your resume and something you can talk about in future interviews.  NOTE – if you are admitted to AEMR or ASAP, you are already registered for the seminar.    

If you are serious about investing, finance, and accounting you should consider attending (ACCOUNTING 100 is a prerequisite for the seminar). The seminar has the potential to help make you a more efficient and professional financial analyst and will better prepare you to interview for jobs in the investments industry.   

If you are interested in attending, follow the registration link on the attachment and please send me an email letting me know. Thanks!

Greg Edwards
Co-Director - Hawk Center for Investment Analysis
Wisconsin School of Business
3547 Grainger Hall
975 University Ave | Madison, WI 53706
P: +1 608-354-4640

Robert W. Baird

Company presentation by former CMC member, Michael Pesendorfer

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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.

REIT Investing

Additional training opportunities

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A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the strong recent  performance of the real estate investment trust market (link). The article is timely for CMC as members will have the opportunity to learn more about REIT investing during the Spring semester.  

 

First a quick definition from a Barclay’s primer,  REITs 101: An Introduction (available in the Research Readings section of the website):

A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is essentially a corporate entity that owns, operates, acquires, develops, and manages real estate assets. However, REITs are differentiated from other corporate forms by a tax election that eliminates taxes at the corporate level. Most of the company’s taxable income is passed along to investors in the form of dividends; shareholders subsequently pay taxes on those dividends. Conceptually, a REIT can be viewed much like a mutual fund in that it allows investors to pool capital and invest in a larger, more diversified real estate portfolio. Both REITs, and mutual funds, are essentially pass-through vehicles, passing the cash flow from that portfolio to investors. Like a mutual fund, the original REIT structure created in the 1960s was a passive investment vehicle; it prohibited the operation and management of properties by the REIT itself. Over the years, however, legislative and tax code changes have enabled REITs to become actively managed, fully integrated operating companies.

 

Given member interest, Tim Pire, the Director of UW AREIT program agreed to give a talk on REIT investing as one of our training sessions this semester and mentor students interested in pitching REIT ideas to the club. A graduate of UW’s highly regarded Real Estate Program, Mr. Pire has extensive experience as a REIT analyst and portfolio manager. Look for more information about this session and in the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about REITs, check out the REIT primer here.

 

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