CFA Institute Recognition

The University at Albany was recently named a “University Recognition Program” by the CFA Institute, joining institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Villanova University and the University of Miami. This acknowledges that the University at Albany Financial Analyst Honors Program curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the chartered financial analyst examination, the first step in obtaining the globally respected investment credential.

In related news, for the fourth year, finance students participated in the CFA Research Challenge. Associate Professor David Smith served as their faculty adviser and fellow faculty member Mary Wladkowski accompanied the group to the New York City headquarters of the New York Society of Security Analysts to provide faculty support. Wladkowski, a CFA, former portfolio manager and current co-adviser to the UASBIG student-managed investment fund, noted the students’ sense of awe as they presented to the investment community. She said, “It was the sense of ‘this is what it will be like to present to institutional investors and portfolio managers.’ It was a peek at what their career experience might be like.”