Our annual and biggest competition for students all around the world, held online across 2 consecutive rounds. Students form teams of 3-4 individuals and solve tasks related to Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Valuation, and Portfolio Management. The first round involves numerous quantitative tasks spanning from CFA to company valuations. Afterward, 12 best-performing teams move onto the second round in which a more qualitative approach is necessary to solve the task and present their results in front of a pre-selected panel of judges consisting of experienced professionals from the financial industry. The top 3 teams from the last round are awarded certificates and cash prizes during a celebratory closing ceremony.
An annual competition organized for students from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga allowing them to practice their knowledge through trading. During this event, participants are given access to demo accounts on the “Luminor Investor” trading platform and have the opportunity to trade equities, bonds, ETFs, and mutual funds with a starting budget of 100,000 euros, experiencing real-market conditions in a riskless environment. The top 3 performers are awarded cash and merchandise prizes.
Several times throughout the study year, iFund organizes public guest lectures conducted by various experts from the financial industry. During these lectures, current and important topics and concepts are covered within a 45-60 minute presentation window and is later followed by a QnA session where the attendees can ask any outstanding questions or simply discuss the topic further. The following are examples of topics covered during previous guest lectures – “How to start a career in Finance?” by Kārlis Danēvičs, “Investments: Strategies; Mistakes and Tips” by Anton Skvortsov; “Investing in Baltic shares” by Juris Grišins.
An annual event held internally for iFund associates to give them the opportunity to create an investment proposal to enhance the organization’s portfolio. Associates participate individually or in teams of up to 3 people and devise an investment strategy further presented to the iFund Board. The Board then decides which of the investment proposals to back with a 1,000 euro investment.
Exclusively for iFund’s associates, educational seminars are organized that cover several key finance topics. The seminars were created to give the opportunity for finance-oriented first-year students to learn the basics of financial markets, trading, and financial analysis, prior to all the core finance courses they will experience later in the subsequent study years. The following are some of the topics covered during previously conducted portfolio seminars – types of financial markets, types of financial assets, trading strategies, derivatives, diversification, etc.