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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.

 

Hawk Center Info Session - Dec. 11

Investing Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Are you interested in investing but don't know where to start? Learn more about investment programs for undergraduates at an info session hosted by the Hawk Center for Investment Analysis.

When: Wednesday, December 11th 4:30-5:30

Where: 1295 Grainger Hall

Complimentary pizza and soda will be served.

RSVP to cara.scadden@wisc.edu

 

CMC Speaker - Brian Hellmer

Careers and the future of investment research

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Brian Hellmer, Managing Director of Public Equities for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, which manages the state of Wisconsin’s $110B pension fund, recently met with a group of CMC members to discuss the changing nature of the investment industry and the future for investment research. Before taking his position with SWIB, Brian was the Director of the Hawk Center for Investment Analysis at UW and a co-advisor to the Capital Management Club. The slides Brian used are attached and you can watch a recording of the session here.

 

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