IEPlus – Investment Award offers scholarship for outstanding economics essay

London-based Threadneedle Investments has teamed up with Cass Business School and Singapore’s Management University to back a £12,000 Investment Award, alongside an internship, for an outstanding essay on economic dilemmas faced around the world.

The scholarship competition is open to full time students currently enrolled in the Cass MSc Investment Management and MSc Finance, and the SMU MSc Applied Finance full time track, MSc Wealth Management and MSc Quantitative Finance (a joint Master degree programme with Cass).

Campbell Fleming, Threadneedle’s Head of Distribution, said the firm backed the Award because “we value idea generation and original thinking”. “In today’s increasingly challenging investment markets, we believe investors need to out-think in order to out-perform,” he added.

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School said the Award is a “wonderful” example of business and education working together for mutual benefit, while Professor Howard Thomas, Dean of the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business, said it presented a unique opportunity for students to learn from one of the top asset management firms in the world and get invaluable exposure in two of the world’s top financial markets.

This is the second year Threadneedle has offered the Investment Award, and the first time it has partnered with both Cass and SMU. In September 2011 German student Caroline Duong, who studied the MSc Investment Management at Cass, won a £20,000 scholarship for her essay on the debt crisis in Europe and the investment implications of a Eurozone break-up.

Following completion of her internship, she joined Threadneedle as an analyst in the firm’s European Equities team.

To apply for this Award, students must answer the essay question for their region (minimum 1,500 words and maximum 1,700 words). The entries will be short-listed and a winner from each university will be chosen by a judging panel made up of executives and academics from Threadneedle, Cass and SMU. 

Closing date for submissions is 30 April 2013.  Threadneedle will announce the winners in June 2013. 

The essay questions are:


The ECB’s Outright Market Transaction programme was a game-changer with meaningful implications for the solvency of Eurozone governments and asset prices. Discuss, with a focus on the challenges it presents investors.

Asia Pacific

QE activities in USA and Europe have investment implications for emerging markets.  Discuss with respect to Asia ex Japan.

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