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CFI Annual Debates

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CFI Annual Debate 2014

The Centre for Finance and Investment (CFI) held its 5th Annual Debate on 23rd October 2014. The debate examined the subject of fan ownership of football clubs and asked the question: “Can fan ownership rescue Scottish football?” The audience consisted mainly of practitioners from the local financial community, people from the world of professional football, academics, students and alumni. The Principal, Prof Steve Chapman, first welcomed the attendees and Prof Ian Thomson, Head of the Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, introduced the speakers: Ann Budge, Chair and Chief Executive of Heart of Midlothian Football Club; Andrew Adams, Professor of Finance at Heriot-Watt University; Stephen Morrow, Senior Lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling; and Mike Mulraney, Chairman of Alloa Athletic Football Club. Ann and Stephen spoke in favour of fan ownership while Andrew and Mike set out the opposing view.

Read more about the 2014 Annual Debate


2013 Annual Debate

This year's CFI Annual Debate, “What now for QE?” took place recently and was a joint event with the CFA Society of the UK.

The speakers included Prof. Robin Angus, Executive Director, Personal Assets Trust, Prof. David Cobham, Heriot-Watt University, Bill Jamieson, Former Editor of The Scotsman, and Russell Napier, Scottish Investment Trust. The UK government issued a European Union News release on the  debate and it was also covered by the Financial Times. (Read more on the CFI Debates page...)


New research project with SlimCat Investments launched

The CFI has embarked on a research project with SlimCat Investments entitled: “An analysis of the importance of dividend investing and the critical elements associated with sustainability and volatility”. In particular we will test the hypothesis that, at the portfolio level, income producing stocks, carefully selected for sustainability factors, can lower volatility and deliver elevated returns.

CFA Institute University Recognition achieved

The CFI’s MSc in Investment Management degree has been welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the curriculum for this degree is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, we are eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.