CFA UK and Brandes essay competition

CFA UK and Brandes 2020 £5000 essay competition


Open to all CFA UK members our essay competition gives you the chance to win £5,000, by submitting a piece on the following question.

Is there now 'value' in value investing?

Professional Investor online magazine will also publish the winner as well as essays, which are highly commended.


Sponsored by Brandes Investment Partners, the essay prize was first launched at the Aberdeen Road lecture in 2015, presented by Charles Brandes, CFA, founder of the firm. When starting his company in the 1970s, Brandes worked with Ben Graham, the father of value investing.

The theme of the essay has traditionally been about the works of Graham, but this year it has been extended so entrants can write about any area of value investing.

How will the essay prize be judged?

Our expert panel will be looking for a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay. The judges will mark the essays on five areas: interest, relevance, clear, evidence-based and if it answers the question.

The minimum word count is 1,200 words and the maximum is 3,000 and entry must include a 50-word synopsis of the paper.

CFA UK is no longer taking submissions for the 2020 competition. 

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Don't forget our Terms and conditions

Submission are now closed. No purchase necessary. The judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All entries will be judged anonymously. We reserve the right to publicise the winner’s name and hometown. 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.

Find out more about Brandes Investment Partners

Brandes is a leading investment advisory firm managing global equity and fixed-income assets for clients worldwide. Since the firm’s inception in 1974 Brandes has consistently applied the value investing approach pioneered by Benjamin Graham to security selection. It was among the first investment firms to invest globally using a value approach. Headquartered in San Diego Brandes and its related entities have offices in Milwaukee, Toronto, Dublin and Singapore. To learn more about Brandes, visit the website or follow it on LinkedIn.