Johnson students rank high in Institutional Investor’s inaugural student analyst competition

Johnson student analysts earn accolades for the excellent performance of their portfolios

Johnson students rank high in Institutional Investor’s inaugural student analyst competition
Six Johnson students who participated in the first annual Institutional Investor All-America Student Analyst Competition placed in the top 100 of the 700 students participating, and several placed in the top 15 on a sector-by-sector basis. The article and detailed rankings, sorted in various ways (by school, sector, longs, shorts, and students) were published in Institutional Investor magazine and can be viewed here: Student Investors Stay Ahead of the Curve. Johnson’s Cayuga Fund is also highlighted in the article.

“We are very pleased by the performance of Johnson MBA students in this first-ever Institutional Investor student competition,” said Lakshmi Bhojraj, the Breazzano Family Executive Director of Johnson’s Parker Center for Investment Research. “This speaks to the talent Johnson attracts to its investment management program.”

Competition participants created portfolios of winning stocks last fall that were monitored over several months. Institutional Investor recently released the competition results based on portfolio performance. Approximately 35 undergraduate and graduate programs nationwide participated, and Cornell placed second (after Fordham) among MBA programs in the competition.

 Josh Levine, MBA ’13, and Jerry Ou, Brad Hess, Simeon Iheagwam, Darin Young, and Thomas Cohn, all MBA ’14, placed in the top 100 out of 700 competitors in the competition. Johnson students who placed in the top 15 by sector and style are: Julian Ho, MBA ’14, (basic materials); Ethan Kyung-Rok Choi, MBA ’14, (consumer); Paul Yang and Sylvester Malapas, both MBA ’14 (financial institutions); Simeon Iheagwam, MBA ’14 (ranked first in technology); Jerry Ou, MBA ’14 (long alpha); and Sanket Upreti, MBA ’13 (short alpha).

Institutional Investor, a highly regarded publication in the money management industry, is widely read and followed by professional money managers and sell-side analysts. The magazine conducts annual rankings of sell-side analysts, as voted on by their money manager client base, published annually in October. “Sell-side analyst compensation rates are often influenced by this ‘report card’ from the buy-side,” says Bhojraj.

-Maria Minsker ‘13
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