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Columbia Threadneedle Investment Award 2015

Cass MSc Finance student Aron Korenblit has been awarded the 2015 Columbia Threadneedle Investment Award, it was announced today.

Cass MSc Finance student Aron Korenblit has been awarded the 2015 Columbia Threadneedle Investment Award, it was announced today.

Aron will receive £12,000 towards his studies from the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, part of global asset manager Columbia Threadneedle Investments, along with Long Hongzhang from Singapore Management University. The pair were successful in an essay writing competition.

Aron said: “I am honoured to have been selected as this year’s winner of the Threadneedle Investment Award.  As I transition from actuarial science to MSc Finance, I consider this award as a confirmation that I am indeed on the right path at Cass Business School.

“The prize will go towards exploring the vast financial sector – which I’ve only begun to survey the landscape of. I strongly believe writing this essay will prove to be one of the best preparations for substantiating investment decisions during my upcoming career.” 


Aron (left) with Campbell Fleming

Columbia Threadneedle, a longstanding corporate partner of Cass, has said that this year’s Investment Award entries were of a particularly high standard.

Campbell Fleming, Columbia Threadneedle’s Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, said: “We are proud to continue our sponsorship of the Columbia Threadneedle Investment Award in 2015. As a global asset manager, we are keen to nurture global talent and our partnership with Cass and SMU brings together three organisations that are global leaders in investment thinking.

“The Award recognises and celebrates talented and hard-working students and we are pleased to support Aron and Long as they start their careers in investment management. Both deserve congratulations, the standard of their essays was excellent.”

The topic of the essays was What quantifiable benefits has active portfolio management delivered to investors? Aron’s essay discussed how being active brings healthy returns for investors. Aron and Long were among three finalists selected by each university and then interviewed by a panel of judges from Columbia Threadneedle to determine the two winners.

Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School said: "Cass Business School is delighted to be involved in this award and, on behalf of Cass, I would like to extend my congratulations to Aron for his excellent work.

“The Columbia Threadneedle Award is a great example of business and education working together for mutual benefit, and represents Cass's commitment to serving the needs of professionals and companies through world class education. I wish the winners every success with this unique and wonderful opportunity which they thoroughly deserve."

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