Exciting Analytics Challenge for our Business School students

Exciting Analytics Challenge for our Business School students

Held in conjunction with Macquarie Business School, the finals of the Moody’s Real Estate Challenge saw six teams of top students present their analysis of the Australian real estate market. Moody’s Analytics, a leading provider of financial intelligence, partnered with the Business School’s Finance Decision Lab to deliver an event that was all about hands-on learning that mimics real-world applications.

Twenty-seven teams entered the competition and the top six teams were selected to present at the finals event last Friday 6 September. These outstanding teams were chosen based on their market analysis reports created with the data drawn from the ‘Double Whammy’ scenario on the Moody’s simulation studio platform, simulating a crash in the US stock market due to Trump’s trade war with China and a crash in the Chinese housing market with looming global recession.

The teams presented their analysis with confidence, backed by informed research and investigation reflective of their excellent teamwork and it was a tough competition for the panel of judges from the Business School and Moody’s Analytics to deliberate over and determine a winner.

There were some tough questions from the room and from the panel, and all four judges were impressed by the level of professionalism shown by the teams. The Moody’s Analytics representatives present at the finals event concurred that the presentations and reports were some of the best they had seen, and were very close to the professional reports they develop for their corporate clients on a daily basis.

In the end the winning team was announced as MJHL (comprising of May Thet Naing and Lincoln Cheah), and second place went to Decision Intelligence Inc. (comprising of Biswanath Dutta, Bhushan Joshi, Swapna Lalasa, Soo Lee and Pongpon Poomthanawit).

Special thanks to our industry partner, Moody’s Analytics, for their support in conducting this challenge. Thanks also to our judges Katrina Ell and Faraz Syed from Moody’s Analytics, and Prof Martina Linnenluecke and Dr Abhay Singh from the Business School.

With more than 90 student participants from the 27 teams to enter the challenge, the Finance Decision Lab was proud to have organised yet another successful event for our students and provide them with this opportunity to interact with industry professionals and academic mentors.

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