Braxton BarnwellBraxton Barnwell using one of the Bloomberg Terminals in the Chad Thomas Hagwood Finance LabCompeting with more than 400 students worldwide, UAB finance students Braxton Barnwell (#1) and Jared Walker (#8) are currently ranked in the Top 10 in a prestigious investment competition. EquitySim is an investment portfolio simulation powered by an integrated artificial intelligence platform that evaluates its participants' skill-sets, personality traits and culture fit over a four-month period. Barnwell and Walker, both members of UAB’s Financial Management Association student chapter, are ranked first and eighth, respectively.

The competition is also a sort of tryout for top internships with sponsoring financial services firms, including Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Canada. Through the UAB student chapter of the Financial Management Association, UAB’s finance students now have the opportunity to compete in EquitySim and vie for some of the top internships in finance.

Since its inception two years ago, EquitySim has placed more than 300 students in paid internships with these firms. Internship opportunities range from investment banking, sales and trading, equity research, risk, and technology.

“This competition evens the playing field for all students, giving everyone a chance to earn an internship with these top firms by demonstrating their skills and capabilities first-hand,” said Daniel Sanabria, a Collat School of Business instructor and faculty advisor for the FMA chapter. “FMA students began participating in September of this year. We are in the first month of a four-month period, and I couldn’t be more proud of our students’ hard work and leadership.”

Finance students are encouraged to join FMA, which provides members with a unique and inclusive experience focused on the business of finance. Members are able to network at speaker events, during which professionals from a range of finance fields share professional experiences.

The fall 2018 speaker line-up includes industry professionals in corporate finance, real estate, commercial banking, asset management, financial planning, structured products, and insurance.

FMA’s next speaker event will be October 30th at 7:30 p.m. with guest Jeris B. Gaston of Bridgeworth Financial in CSB 301. More info can be found here.

For more information about UAB Financial Management Association or EquitySim, please contact Daniel Sanabria (