Pooled debt and central fiscal authority among EMU solutions from prize-winning German student essayist

German student Caroline Duong has won the 2011 Threadneedle Investment Award for an essay on the debt crisis in Europe and the investment implications of a Eurozone break-up.

She receives a full scholarship to study for the MSc Investment Management at Cass Business School in London, part of City University, and also an internship at Threadneedle.

Runners-up Ingrid Morante from Ecuador and Yi Hua Chen from Taiwan also receive a contribution towards their fees to study the MSc Investment Management at Cass.

The Threadneedle Investment Award competition was open to students, from Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific, applying for a place on the Cass MSc Investment Management course. Students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Applicants wrote an essay addressing a specific economic question relevant to their region, and identifying opportunities for the investment management industry in relation to it.

Finalists from each region were interviewed by a panel of judges from Threadneedle and Cass.

Mark Burgess, Threadneedle’s chief investment officer, said: “The standard of their essays was excellent and showed real effort and original thinking.”

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School, said: “Cass wishes the three winners every success in this unique and wonderful opportunity which they thoroughly deserve.”

Duong said: “Deepening my knowledge of the financial industry is a priority at this stage in my career. The MSc Investment Management at Cass is an ideal vehicle to further my interests within a stimulating and challenging academic milieu. Moreover, the opportunity to work with Threadneedle Investments alongside my studies will hopefully enhance the experience and provide an unparalleled insight into the practical applications core contents of the course.”


The essay by Caroline Duong

Given the recent sovereign debt crisis in the Euro area, what measures could the Eurozone’s authorities put in place to reduce the possibilities of its break up? If it were to break up, what would be the investment implications?


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