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NAAIM Founders Award

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS AWARD

Launched in 2009, the NAAIM Founders Award (formerly known as the NAAIM Wagner Award) is designed to expand awareness of active investment management techniques and the results of active strategies through the solicitation and publication of research on active management. $5,000 is presented annually for the best paper submitted to the competition.

The 2007-2008 bear market, following on the heels of the 2000-2002 decline, led many investors to question the wisdom of buy-and-hold investing.

NAAIM members have always believed active is better.  This competition is designed to support this position through sound research and shine the spotlight on those individuals advancing this field of study. Since 2009 the call for papers resulted in an international response, with authors from New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, and India as well as the U.S., submitting research demonstrating advancements in active investment management and it’s potential.

The competition is open to all investment practitioners, academic faculty and doctoral candidates who submit an innovative topic in the area of active investing. This can be either a documented and justified investing ap­proach or an exploration into the validity of active investing.  Active investing topics can involve making invest­ment decisions using technical analysis, quantitative analysis, etc.  Papers can also address related topics such as position sizing techniques, money management approaches, scaling into and out of trades, exit strategies, etc.


2021 COMPETITION INFORMATION – Deadline to Submit paper has been extended to April 15, 2021

The winning author will receive the following prize package:

  • $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to present the winning paper at the 2021 Uncommon Knowledge Conference
  •  Uncommon Knowledge Conference registration, domestic coach airfare and one night lodging for one author of the winning paper.

Paper Topics: The papers should cover an innovative topic in the area of active investing. This can be either a documented investing approach, an exploration into the validity of active investing, or research in the other issues related to active investing such as making investment decisions using technical analysis, quantitative analysis, etc. Papers can also address related topics such as position sizing techniques, money management approaches, scaling into and out of trades, exit strategies, tax harvesting, execution, etc.


 

Michael Gayed, Toroso Investments

Toroso Investments Portfolio Manager Wins the 2020 NAAIM Founders Award for Paper on Exploiting Momentum “Crashes” Using the VIX

To read more visit:  2020 Founders Award Winner

Download the winning paper

Listen to the Presentation:  Actively Using Passive Sectors: Generating Alpha Using the VIX