CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge offers students the unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and compete with peers from the world's top finance programs.

This annual educational initiative promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills. The Challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies, and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally, and globally for a real world competition. Additionally, all participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

CFA Society Los Angeles is proud to host the annual local level of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Los Angeles.

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2021 Participating Universities

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

To be a future participant, please contact Steven Wang, CFA and Parul Narain, CFA at


  • Team Submission Deadline - 
  • IRC Kick-Off Presentation/Call - October 16th, 2020
  • Subject Company Meeting/Call - November 20th, 2020
  • Register with CFA Institute Deadline - Click Here
  • Final Report Due - January 19th, 2021
  • Local IRC Competition - February 26th, 2021 (2pm - 7pm; Virtual)
  • Regional IRC Semifinals - April 15th-16th, 2021 (Virtual)
  • Regional IRC Finals - April 21, 2021 (Virtual)
  • Global IRC Final - April 22nd, 2021 (Virtual)

2021 Subject Company

Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) is a camera company. Snap Inc. believes that reinventing the camera represents their greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.


2021 CFA Institute Research Challenge in Los Angeles Champions: California State University, Fullerton

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Caitlin Topkis at

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