CFA UK and Brandes launch 2019 essay competition with £5,000 prize

Wednesday 23 January 2019

The CFA Society of the UK and Brandes Investment Partners are delighted to invite entries from young investment professionals to the 2019 essay competition in honour of Ben Graham.

The competition was unveiled in 2015 at the inaugural Aberdeen Road lecture presented by Charles Brandes, CFA, chairman and founder of Brandes Investment Partners, who worked with Ben Graham when founding his firm in the 1970s. The £5,000 prize, provided by Brandes Investment Partners, will be awarded for the submitted paper that best reflects the characteristics demonstrated by Ben Graham in his written works.

The 2019 winner will be announced at the Aberdeen Road lecture to be held on 30 October 2019.

Read past winning entries:

Essay Theme

Ben Graham (1894-1976) was known as the father of value investing, he created and taught many principles of investing that modern investors continue to use today.

Your essay should answer the following question:

The financial world has changed significantly since Benjamin Graham first published Security Analysis in 1934. Which, if any, of his ideas do you find still have relevance to the modern investor, and how do you apply them in your career?

Entry Criteria

  • Open to all members of the CFA Society of the UK under the age of 35.
  • Entrants should submit a paper that best reflects the characteristics demonstrated by Ben Graham in his written works, which references those works and which contributes to the recognition of financial analysis as a profession.
  • The criteria which the award judges take into account are clarity, objectivity and depth of understanding of financial analysis and its contribution to the investment profession.
  • Entries should be a minimum of 1,200 words and a maximum of 3,000 words.
  • Participants must submit a 50-word synopsis of their paper along with their entry


Entry Deadline

  • Entries should be emailed to by 14 April 2019
  • The winner will be announced at the Aberdeen Road lecture on 30 October 2019.


Terms and conditions

Entry is open to all CFA UK members aged under 35. No purchase necessary. The judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All entries will be judged anonymously. Entries must be received by 14 April 2019 before 5pm (BST). We reserve the right to publicise the winner'' name and home town. By entering, authors are agreeing that their entries may be published online and in Professional Investor online magazine and distributed via the CFA UK's social media channels.


Judging Panel

  • John Citron, CFA
  • Oliver Sherman, CFA
  • Mark Hodges, ASIP
  • Robert Schmidt, Brandes Institute 


Brandes Investment Partners