RWTH: RWTH team in second place with financial analysis by Hapag-Lloyd AG

The RWTH students Maximilian Drüppel, Nicolas Klein, Jesco Melzer, Tobias Saalmann and Samuel Stux took part in the global competition “CFA Institute Research Challenge” and achieved second place. The CFA Institute is the global professional association for investment managers, financial analysts and professional investors. In the Research Challenge, students take on the role of an analyst and create an equity report for a listed company.

With their report, the people from Aachen qualified to buy, sell or hold company shares in Hapag-Lloyd AG. She is corporate partner for the final of this year’s competition. In this final round, two other teams competed online in front of a jury of investment experts.

The suggestion for student participation came from the RWTH Chair for Business Administration, in particular corporate finance. There the team was put together and led by private lecturer Dr. Astrid Salzmann supports. Jan-Philipp Matthewes from the group of German CFA Chartholders was on hand in an advisory capacity.

“The current logistics bottlenecks made the task of analyzing a transport and logistics company exciting. Our prediction came true during the competition. It was a challenge to convince the jury, which we gladly accepted,” says Jesco Melzer. The 24-year-old is enrolled in a master’s degree in economics.

His fellow student Samuel Stux describes the general conditions: “Due to the pandemic, we only exchanged information online. Nevertheless, everyone was able to work effectively on the preparation of the report and the presentation”. Stux, 25, is studying industrial engineering with a master’s degree in sustainability and corporation.

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