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Ted Rogers School Competes in the The Economist Case Study Competition

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University is the only Canadian MBA program to have entered the Case Study Competition 2016 for The Economist. The competition is based on a case study from Real Vision—the world’s only video-on-demand channel for investing. Competing schools select three students to collaborate and produce a detailed analysis and a five-minute video to support their investment thesis.

Real Vision is the Netflix of the finance world. Their content features exclusive in-depth interviews and presentations from independent analysts, fund managers, investors, and economists. Their goal is to release fresh content each week and to present their its viewers with the best economic and financial insight available.

A first, second, third, and people’s choice winner will be chosen with prizes totally in $21,000.

  1. First Place: Receives $10,000, a trophy from The Economist and a special showcase of their case study on Real Vision.
  2. Second Place: Receives $5,000
  3. Third Place: Receives $3,000
  4. People’s Choice: Receives $3,000

The top five videos submitted to the competition will be aired on Real Vision, and the top three teams will be selected. The challenge is simple and straightforward, “Walmart Vs. Amazon: Which stock would you choose to invest in if you couldn’t sell it for a decade, and why?” Schools have to answer the question with comprehensive support to confirm their answer.

According to the challenge summary, teams will have to answer five questions in their response:

  1. Which of the two companies is the market mispricing and why?
  2. What changes must Walmart make to effectively compete in the Internet age?
  3. Will Amazon be able to convert ubiquity into profitability?
  4. Does profitability matter?
  5. How would you structure your investment into your chosen company?

The Ted Rogers School team chose Walmart as the better value investment, with a 93% return on investment over ten years—increasing to 127% with dividends. The three participants are current MBA students at Ted Rogers school: Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely, and Saad Rahman. You can read the team’s full presentation and watch their video online. And don’t forget to vote for Ryerson University for People’s Choice.

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