Russia’s Only CFA Program Partner Attracts Diverse Group of Students
The HSE Banking Institute welcomes international students from around the world who have expressed growing interest in our Financial Analyst Master’s programme, which is conducted entirely in English and is the only such programme in Russia and the CIS to be recognized by the CFA Institute as a Program Partner. The Banking Institute provides both exchange and Master’s students the opportunity to study best global practice in the areas of investment and financial analysis from a truly global perspective.
At present, students from Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Finland, and France have already joined the programme as exchange students, giving classrooms a multicultural atmosphere. Students benefit from the programme’s cultural diversity through unique opportunities to make life-long friendships with students and faculty from around the world.
Two of the students share their experiences in the programme.
Zhou Yang, Beijing, China
I got my first master’s degree (MA) at a university in Beijing. But I’ve always been interested in finance. So in 2015 I decided to join the Financial Analyst MA programme offered by the HSE Banking Institute.
The programme is mostly taught in English and is very suitable for foreign students. The teachers are all very friendly and experienced. While studying on this programme I have not only enhanced my understanding of the theoretical side to finance, but also come to learn about the best financial practices. It also offers students numerous opportunities to participate in a range of research and practical activities related to financial sector.
I'm sure that what I have learned on this programme will help me significantly in my career and that it will also help me better understand the Russian economy and finance.
Vladimir Botoev, Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia, Russia
I am a final year student of Financial Analyst Master’s programme of the Banking Institute of HSE and currently I hold one of the top places in cumulative rating of students from my group. While studying at this programme I had a lot of opportunities to take part in a number of international projects. In January 2016, I took part in international competition on risk management - PRMIA Risk Management Challenge - and our team won 3rd prize at Russian Final. In February 2016, I participated in the International Master Course Week on Educating for Global Competence, which was organized by the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna. In April 2016, as a member of HSE student team I took part in the International Intensive Programme ‘Sustainable Banking and Finance’, which was organized by a consortium of European universities conducted at the University College of Ghent, Belgium.
The CFA Program Partner status of the Financial Analyst Master’s programme enabled me to successfully pass the CFA Level I Exam on the first attempt. In October 2016, I was selected out of 30 candidates for the HSE student team that will represent our university at an international student competition on financial analysis - CFA Institute Research Challenge 2016/2017.
I am certain that the Financial Analyst Master’s programme enhances my chances of achieving my goals through a solid education on financial analysis, financial markets, corporate finance, and macroeconomics based on the CFA Institute Curriculum.
Researchers in St Petersburg Can Predict Weekly Stock Performance from Media News
Researchers from VTB and HSE University-St Petersburg have come up with an algorithm for predicting stock price fluctuations in the Russian market by analysing financial news. By making financial projections for next week (or month), the novel STTM (Stock Tonal Topic Modelling) algorithm can help investors build more effective financial strategies. The paper has been published in PeerJ Computer Science.
Stock Market Forces Shown to Drive Cryptocurrency Returns
Having examined the impact of various factors on cryptocurrency returns, HSE economists found that fluctuations in cryptocurrency prices can be better explained by equity market risks than by factors specific to the crypto market, suggesting greater linkages between cryptocurrency and equity markets than previously believed. The study is published in a special issue of International Finance Review.
'Conferences Publicly Push Important Research to New Levels'
During his visit to ICEF, Sergey Tsyplakov, a professor in finance at Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina, delivered a lecture to students and contributed to ICEF-CInSt 11th International Moscow Finance Conference as a keynote speaker. In this interview, Sergey shares what surprised him about ICEF students, why scientific paper reviewing may not always be objective, and why people on Wall Street read academic research.
‘We Have Utilised the Strengths of Two Events’
On October 14, HSE University will host the 11th ICEF-CInSt International Moscow Finance Conference. This year’s event is the result of the joint organisational efforts of the International Laboratory of Financial Economics (LFE ICEF) and the Centre for Institutional Studies (CinSt). Vladimir Sokolov and Maria Semenova, members of the conference's organising committee, spoke to the HSE News Service about the programme and participants of the event.
‘Our Task Is to Preserve the Market Segment as Much as Possible’
What risks is the Russian financial system facing today? What is the Central Bank of Russia going to do to mitigate them? Why do we need a high key rate? Has the regulator changed its approach to the building of forex reserves? Will the regulator remain hawkish on cryptocurrencies? Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia, answered these and other questions during a round table entitled ‘Russia’s Financial Sector under New Global Conditions’. The event was held as part of the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference.
The Cryptocurrency Market Works Like the Stock Market— Only Much Faster
After analysing the price fluctuations of almost 2,000 cryptocurrencies over seven years, Victoria Dobrynskaya, Associate Professor at the HSE University Faculty of Economic Sciences, found that there are no fundamental differences between their behaviour and that of conventional assets. Cryptocurrency follows the same principles, although its prices change much faster: processes that usually take years on traditional markets take only a month or so on the cryptocurrency market. An article on this research was reprinted by SSRN.
Toys Prove to Be Better Investment Than Gold, Art, and Financial Securities
Unusual ways of investment, such as collecting toys, can generate high returns. For example, secondary market prices of retired LEGO sets grow by 11% annually, which is faster than gold, stocks, and bonds, HSE University economists say. Their paper was published in the Research in International Business and Financejournal.
‘We Can Now Say That the Finance Conference Is Global’
The 10th International Moscow Finance Conference, organized by HSE ICEF, took place on October 29–30 online. Vladimir Sokolov, Head of the International Laboratory of Financial Economics, which hosted the conference, talks about the participants, the key presentation topics and how they will impact the global economy.
‘I Studied as an International Student at ICEF, but Never Felt Like One’
Tonka Lange graduated from the HSE International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) in 2008 and then entered the LSE Master’s programme. After five years of working at Goldman Sachs, she got her MBA at INSEAD and in 2021, started working as Senior Treasury Analyst at Amazon (Singapore). In this interview, Tonka talks about how a finance graduate can survive a crisis, what to do to get the most out of the LSE master’s programme, and the main advantages of an MBA degree.
Online Master of Finance Receives CFA Institute Affiliation Program Status
The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA Institute) has recognised the HSE online Master of Finance as part of its University Affiliation Program. The status was assigned this year based on the long-standing cooperation between the CFA Institute and the HSE Banking Institute and the confidence international experts have in the quality of education at HSE.