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    Students Compete in Finance Research Challenge

    Three University of Scranton finance majors, Jack W. Brining ’21, Gary Guinane ’21 and Ana C. Luta ’22, were named as finalists in the 2021 Philadelphia CFA Institute Research Challenge.
    February 23, 2021

    Students representing The University of Scranton were among the four teams named as finalists in the 2021 Philadelphia CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge.

    The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides college students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Local level competitions are organized and judged by CFA Institute society members and volunteers who function as local hosts. The winning university team from each local competition advances to the sub-regional competition, then to regional, and global competitions.

    The University’s team members were finance majors: Jack W. Brining ’21, Sloatsburg, New York; Gary Guinane ’21, Limerick, Republic of Ireland; and Ana C. Luta ’22, Sterling, Virginia. Scranton alumnus William Burns ’97, senior investment consultant at Vanguard, served as the team’s industry mentor. John Ruddy, D.P.S., assistant professor of finance, served as the team’s faculty mentor.

    In addition to Scranton, two teams Temple University and a team from the University of Delaware were also named as finalists in the 2021 Philadelphia CFA Institute Research Challenge.

    The University’s team did not advance beyond the 2021 Philadelphia Sub-regional Competition, which was held in a virtual format on Feb. 16.

    The CFA Institute is a global, not-for-profit professional organization with more than 170,000 members that provides investment professionals with finance education

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