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  Issue 18 | Archive February 2014

RMI Celebrates Holiday Season

On 9 December 2013, RMI staff along with RMI affiliated researchers, trainers and industry partners and their spouses, got together at the European bistro Picotin which is nestled amidst the tropical resort setting of Sentosa Cove for the RMI Christmas Dinner.

A buffet of international cuisine heartily filled the stomachs of those who attended the dinner. RMI's Director, Prof. Duan Jin-Chuan, welcomed all guests and also took the chance to thank them for all their continuous support and contribution to RMI on various projects over the past years.

The guests and staff enjoyed the night of good food and good company with the highlights being the Bingo rounds and a fun-filled straw towers game.

RMI Co-organizes the First NUS Financial Analytics Competition

Together with the NUS Business Analytics Centre, RMI organized and hosted the first NUS Financial Analytics Competition, with the final presentations taking place on 18 January 2014. The competition was open to all NUS students, and the three winning teams were BoonBeard Consulting from the NUS BBA program, Analytics Macchiato from the MSc in Business Analytics program, and the single-person team Quant Guru comprising of Nitin Jain from RMI’s MFE program.

Participating teams were given access to data from RMI’s Credit Research Initiative, including financial statements, stock market data and CDS data for companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. The competition was wide open without a specific problem to solve or case to present. Instead, the objective was for teams to be creative and draw insights from the vast quantities of data they had access to, develop proofs of concepts for new products or services, and present innovative ideas to the panel of judges.

The judges were Dr. Natanael Peranginangin, Director, Product Services at the Markit, A/P Jussi Keppo from NUS’ Department of Decision Science, who is also an RMI affiliated researcher, and RMI’s Deputy Director Dr. Oliver Chen.

Besides the opportunity to win a total of $3000 in prize money, the competition was an excellent learning opportunity and gave students the experience of working with real data. The participants and organizers look forward to future competitions.

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