18 September 2017

US$40,000 and a Tokyo Stock Exchange study visit await this year’s winners


Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Group (“CIMB” or “the Group”) today announced that the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge (“the Challenge”) has returned for the eighth year for undergraduate teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Brunei, which is a new country added for this year.


The competition would challenge students to demonstrate their investment and analytical skills by trading with US$80,000 of virtual start-up capital across five major stock exchanges in the region i.e. Bursa Malaysia, Indonesia Stock Exchange, Singapore Exchange, the Stock Exchange of Thailand and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The Regional Champion will be crowned at the Grand Finale, to be held at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta. A total of US$40,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners of the National and Regional Rounds of the competition. The Regional Champion team will also be awarded a study trip to the Tokyo Stock Exchange


Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group said, “CIMB continues to place the highest emphasis on developing youth across ASEAN, as seen in our human resource initiatives, which includes the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge. This time, we have added new features like mobile trading and the use of predictive data analytics to up the ante for the Challenge – an apt reflection of CIMB’s embracing of the digital revolution. These new features are also in recognition of the need for today’s graduates to develop a digital-ready skillset for the working world, and this Challenge would be a good way to contribute to that skillset. We are also pleased to welcome undergraduates from Brunei who are keen to be part of the competition.”        


CIMB’s adoption of digital technology emphasises the importance of inculcating a wide range of skills for a competitive edge within the business environment today. Through the challenge, CIMB also hoped to uncover the next generation of top traders who are also digitally-savvy. 


During the National Round, the student teams compete  to be ranked the top three teams in their home country based on the highest percentage gain* on their investments during the trading period from 9 - 27 October. These top teams will then be judged based on their strategy papers, with the best team crowned National Champion for their country.


The National Champions from the six countries will then present their trading strategy at the Grand Finale to vie for the overall Regional Champion title. The judging will evaluate their long-term investment strategy and on-the-spot investment decision-making. The use of predictive analytics tools will have sharpened the students’ abilities to forecast share price movements and predict stock market performances based on current and historical data.


The Regional Champion will walk away with US$12,000 and a trip to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The First Runner-up will win US$8,000, Second Runner-up US$5,000, Third Runner-up US$2,500, Fourth Runner-up US$1,500 and Fifth Runner-up US$800.


Partners for the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2017 include Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Progresif Cellular (Brunei), Bursa Malaysia, Singapore Exchange, Indonesia Stock Exchange, The Stock Exchange of Thailand and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.



*Percentage Gain


Percentage Gain refers to the percentage returns on investment made by the team from their stock transactions during the 3 week game period that includes Cash on Hand and Market Value of Shares in Portfolio.


Method of calculation: [(Cash on Hand + Market Value of Shares in Portfolio at the end of game)/Cash at the Beginning of Game]


Example: Team starts with a total virtual capital of US$80,000 and ends the competition with US$50,000 cash and US$100,000 Market Value of Shares. The Percentage Gain is calculated to be 187.50% [(50,000 + 100,000)/80,000]

Dato' Hamidah Naziadin