Who needs the World Series when you can follow the Financial Modeling World Championships? The third annual competition begins Oct. 25. Several thousand financial professionals from around the globe compete in two online qualification rounds; the top 16 meet in New York for the live finals in December.
Contestants test their skills and speed in financial analysis, Microsoft Excel and financial modeling for $100,000 in prizes. Plenty of institutional money managers in hedge funds, distressed debt and private equity have made a good showing in past competitions, said John Persico, executive director of competition sponsor ModelOff, including those from BlackRock Inc., Perella Weinberg Partners and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Previous challenges and registration details are at www.modeloff.com.