Requirements for Vauewalk’s business scholarship program.
Please tell us your favorite stock idea and why (Must be over $100 million market cap and long ideas or neutral only -no shorts, can be other asset class besides equity). Explain the catalysts you see, what you think the stock should be worth, the company’s competitors, and any other reasons you believe the security is being overlooked. Don’t forget to include a disclosure (if you own or plan to buy) any of the securities you discuss.
Round 1 Essay Submissions
by Emre Tichelaar
When you ask any 90s kid which parts of their childhood they are most fond of, you may be surprised at one common factor they all share: watching cartoons on the weekends. ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC), which owns Nickelodeon, a popular pay television channel which broadcasts many nostalgic children’s cartoons, is a high dividend yielding, low priced, powerhouse. ViacomCBS has the unique ability to move an audience with nostalgia. Furthermore, the company also owns the rights to multiple sports leagues and popular franchises such as Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Shrek, as well as individual beloved films such as Forrest Gump. It is undeniable that ViacomCBS has a hold on many beloved names, however, how does this make it a great long-term stock idea?
by John Li
During this current COVID-19 pandemic, the longest bull market in U.S. history ended. With markets headed deep into correction territory and into a bear market, the vulnerabilities of thousands of companies become exposed. However, it is important to look at this temporary downturn a valuable opportunity to invest in stable, high-growth stocks with long-term potential. Therefore, I believe that Costco is an excellent company for investors to take a position in.
by The Future of Eccomerce
The internet changed everything - especially commerce. Will the future of E-Commerce be Small Businesses or Giants? Or perhaps something else entirely...
by Isiah Arriaga
The importance of education in order to become a responsible and conscientious adult in society. This success will lead to the invaluable ability to help others through a much needed profession in today's society.
by Gustavo Bahia Vasconcelos
Most people tend to look for a safe place to put their excess money through investing in a place where that money will probably withstand inflation, which would ultimately lower its value. The first thing in deciding where to invest is to ask themselves why they wish to invest, the condition of the market, the period of investment and the risks associated with investing. Investing in stock can be reasonably high risk compared to other investments since the investor can either gain or lose everything. One can spread money in various companies, purchase penny stocks, invest in various levels of risk firm or put all money in tried and true names. However, before investing it is critical for a person to learn as much as possible about stock markets and seek clarifications of any bothering issue. This essay presents my favorite stock idea which is based on Netflix stock.
by lijo ben henry
Microsoft is the best and safe stock to invest amid the COVID 19 crisis
by Thuan Van Huynh
Apple is my favorite company to investing in and the following reason for it!
by LAIMECHE Mohammed Abdessamed Abdelbassit
This is a novelty because it deals with a non-current topic Generally, the concept of trade in the Mediterranean as a comprehensive framework for a common area of work is out of the question, and this is for several political and social reasons, but compared to the rapid changes taking place in the Mediterranean region, it is certain that these new conditions will push trade to a different reality. Through this research, I will try to explore what can happen in the Mediterranean and diagnose the possibility of using Islamic finance to develop intra-regional trade between the Mediterranean countries.
by Charles Zigliara
A synopsis of The Coca-Cola Company
by Daunte Sevaaetasi West
Discussing the potential of the company canopy growth to be a successful cannabis dispensary, therefore making them a key future investment.
by Melissa Costello
My name is Melissa Costello and I’m a second year student at the University of Florida. My major is Advertising and I have two minors that I’m pursuing; Entrepreneurship and International Development for Humanitarian Assistance. I’m a Christian and I’m very involved in my church and my Baptist campus ministry. I work at 4Rivers Smokehouse (a Texas style barbecue restaurant) to pay my bills and my tuition. Additionally, I volunteer in a mentorship organization and recently started my own advertising company, MFC Advertising, to help supplement my initial investments in my online trading account. I’m new to investing but I’m learning a lot! This money would help me pay for fall classes. My evaluation is on the stock: ALIBABA :$BABA ***** I tried to submit the essay file in it's designated spot, however, it doesn't allow for a pages document OR a pdf version. I tried everything. IGNORE WHAT IS IN THE ESSAY FILE. IT IS AN OLD ASSIGNMENT AND THE ONLY DOCUMENT THAT THE FILE CHOOSER WOULD ACCEPT.:*********** Here it is in the body: My name is Melissa Costello and I’m a second year student at the University of Florida. My major is Advertising and I have two minors that I’m pursuing; Entrepreneurship and International Development for Humanitarian Assistance. I’m a Christian and I’m very involved in my church and my Baptist campus ministry. I work at 4Rivers Smokehouse (a Texas style barbecue restaurant) to pay my bills and my tuition. Additionally, I volunteer in a mentorship organization and recently started my own advertising company, MFC Advertising, to help supplement my initial investments in my online trading account. I’m new to investing but I’m learning a lot! This money would help me pay for fall classes. Everyone knows that in order for a brand to succeed, their has to be some sort of marketing or awareness incentive. Technology is the backbone of our economy.I remember reading an article about how nearly 75 percent of all Americans were’t prepared to retire with dignity. This broke my heart, and even worried me. After graduating from my University, I plan on taking an internship with Disney’s Marketing department and working there for a few years, before moving overseas to do mission work. How would I manage to do something so extravagant as that without even having a way to plan for my retirement? I decided I needed to become more financially literate. I began researching the habits of wealthy people. I knew the majority of the things: waking up early, reading, making to-do lists, but the last one caught me off guard. They all invested. I knew I wanted to learn how to invest, but living paycheck to paycheck always seemed to push that venture beyond reach. That was until I decided to start my own advertising company, MFC Advertising. I decided to use what I’m learning in my classes to help small businesses grow. My small business is able to help other small businesses, and it feels incredible. I never knew how fulfilling it would be to be my own boss, and rise to the occasion to meet the professional needs of others. I was also surprised to learn just how much of what I'm learning in my courses at my university would prove to be immediately applicable. I knew that I would have to use technology every step of the way. All that being said, I needed the start up capital to invest in my business, so I downloaded the ETRADE app on my phone and started doing research. Little by little I expanded my portfolio, nothing crazy or significant, but a good starting point all the same. I learned how to decide whether it was a good time to buy or not based off of data rather than impulse. With the Corona Virus completely decimating the global economy, i wanted to see what that would do to the evaluations I had on my watch list- and that's where ALIBABA ( $BABA ) comes in. In basic terms, Alibaba is the equivalent of Amazon but for mainland China. Since their IPO, the stock has over preformed. The owner of the company, Jack Ma, continues to add on to the business model. Additionally, the buying platform now utilizes it's own cloud computing system. Initially, evaluations and forecasts for this stock were through the roof, however since the Virus went through China, the evaluation has fallen (though the stock continues to go up and down only by small amounts). What I find the most frustrating, is that the evaluation for its competition, amazon, in terms of "buy, hold, or sell" hasn't changed, despite a much larger dip in share price. In addition to the dip in share price, Amazon also recently had hundreds of its employees walk out due to unfair labor conditions. I think that racial and ethnic bias are contributing to the unfair evaluation of the stock, especially now that Corona Virus is often referred to as a "Chinese virus". Prior to COVID19, several financial analysis websites were maintaining their thought that ALIBABA was THE long term investment to have, some even saying that within 40 years it would hit over a million dollars per share. Upon doing some research, I learned that recently at a shareholders meeting it had been decided to split shares with a 1:8 split ratio. This is set to take place in the summer following the IPO in Hong Kong. As most know, Hong Kong is very politically tumultuous right now, and I'm worried that American investors won't take that into consideration when the demand volume isn't as "through the roof" as expected. The stock simply needs time to thrive, as we all do, without an impending pandemic or national riots to impede on the very Laissez Faire concept it would benefit from.
by Harrison Greenmaki
Value investing during this extremely trying time can be a trap. Technicals and fundamentals scream buy! What comes down must go up in time. All we, as value investors, must do is sit and wait for the companies to rise again. The trap however is right underneath the storm. Macroeconomic data from unemployment to GDP changes are reaching all time levels. Q1 statements are posting showing the beginning of a monstrous cliff. While trailing twelve month earnings are strong the forward earnings are looking bleaker. How deep can this economic stoppage hit? Let’s take a dive, from the technical and fundamental perspective, at Simons Property Group (SPG) that is at the heart of American consumerism.
by Emily Cassanmagnago
The stock I choose is Tesla, meaning the car industry, which has a stock market worth of 725.15 USD today. Having in mind that Tesla is runned by Elon Musk who is responsible for other markets like SpaceX, Solar City amongst others, he has ambitious plans with his enterprises. When it comes to Tesla it is not just an automobile but one that helps the environment because it is electric meaning not using fuel and therefore not polluting the air. Besides helping environment it is futuristic, because fossil fuels are limited, we still need transportation, so using electric batteries is an alternative to fuel, still allowing us to use cars makes its stock worth in my opinion be over 1 billion. Its major competitors are Ford Motor company, Honda Motor company, General Motors, amongst others but neither help the environment as much as Tesla Motors does. These are everyday brands which makes the Teslas a superior competitor when it comes to the car industry. During the Tesla markets opened it has had a very good crawl to the top winning over $850. Since the advances of the year being almost to 112% other traditional carmakers are suggesting that investors view Tesla more as a tech company rather than a car company for this reason it has had a faster crawl than other car companies. As I stated before because these cars are made without combustion engines it is what makes them essential for the future. The only problem is that lately because of coronavirus the stock markets have shaved down. It is still ahead in the car industry market in this worldwide crisis period, but because 97% of cars still use fuel, once the markets and countries are full on track again, fuel cars and petroleum will be the most requested to get everything started. This will last 3 or less months and after some recession is decreased Tesla will be requested as much as it was requested before and even more by the standby that has been done in countries during these quarantine days. Because of this, investing in Tesla right now, that is not at its highest peak, will be a great deal in the near future when stock markets are elevated again.
by Jared Moore
With an Oil Trade war that will lead to increased Oil prices in years to come, a shift in consumer preferences and manufacturer offerings among the transportation industry, and a sharp battle with demand, Brookfield Renewable Partners is prepared to rise to the top. By leveraging their high margin hard assets, increasing their FFO, and using their $3.1 Billion in liquid assets, Brookfield is poised to make serious expansionary moves in the market at a time when most companies are downsizing. For these reasons, I believe Brookfield Renewable Partners is a solid undervalued investment, which will bring double-digit returns in the years to come.
by Angela Zhong
Angela Zhong describes her decision in recommending JP Morgan as an investment.
by Blaze Awhina Aroha Leslie
I’m interested in growth because I’m young and my risk tolerance is higher. Companies that pay dividends don’t appeal to me because I don’t need the recurring income, as I have a job to pay my bills. I would rather see companies use that money to fuel their growth in the short and long term. If we’re looking at today, with all the uncertainty abroad, I would want to stick to a US-based stock for security, and I feel that with it being an election year, it has brought volatility into the market for opportunistic investments at specific times. I’m specifically interested in tech, and Netflix recently reported their earnings. They beat estimates on revenue and earnings, but missed widely on new subscriber growth, sending the stock down 16%. I think this signals a great buying opportunity, as Netflix still has a large market to capture abroad, and these headwinds are a short-term issue. As shelter-in-place orders went into place around the world, Netflix stock in particular seemed to be getting a lot of attention. People looked to content providers to fill their extra time at home. Binge watching is certainly easier when you don't have an early commute ahead of you. The first quarter was seeing expectations roughly met in the first two months. In March, the coronavirus changed everything. Subscription growth blew away the 8 million estimated by analysts as growth jumped by 15.8 million. International subscriptions have been a large source of revenue growth for the company. In their latest letter to Netflix stock shareholders, management pointed out that over half their revenue is not denominated in the U.S. dollar. The strength in the dollar during the coronavirus economic impact offset a lot of the revenue gains seen internationally. That put the revenue growth of 28% in line with expectations. As for earnings, they came in lower than estimates at $1.57 per share vs. an expected $1.65 per share. Still it was an increase of 107% over the prior year. That's deceleration from the 333% growth of the prior quarter but triple digit growth can often make that forgivable. Netflix came in second for nominations and wins in the 2019 Emmy race, just behind HBO. For the Oscars in 2020, Netflix took the title of most nominations at 24. Though they only won two, it still speaks to an impressive achievement given their original film initiative is under five years old. But can it convert the awards and accolades into more subscribers? The answer in this day and unprecedented times is – yes; and it continues to demonstrate just how. With the investment in high-quality programming available only to subscribers, Netflix is trying to increase not just its viewership but the time spent using its service. That's where it sees its growth opportunities. In its letter to shareholders from the first quarter 2019, the company emphasized that even in its most mature market, the U.S., TV streaming hours on Netflix only make up 10% of total TV usage. Cable and satellite TV providers still dominate the market. But as viewers shift away from a linear-programming model, Netflix is a contender for a place to land. But the competition is heating up. Walt Disney (DIS) joined the streaming game as a serious contender with its Disney+ launch in November. Wall Street cheered the announcement, pointing to Disney's huge content library and attractive price point of $6.99. Marvel Comics superheroes and "Star Wars" epics, along with other Disney-owned content, will no longer drive viewers to Netflix but rather to the competition. Netflix says it welcomes the competition. With Disney offering more family-oriented programming, there is certainly room for both. Especially when the combined price tag is only $20 per month. But in the short time since launch, Disney has gained a lot of ground on the domestic subscription numbers of Netflix. Granted, they also have to contend with the rising costs associated with the new service. When all is said and done, Netflix stock turned a corner in 2020. The handle that got tacked on to the 2019 base is really a base in its own right. And the relative strength line is soaring. The S&P 500 fell 35% from its February highs to its March lows. Netflix stock only fell 26% during that time. That quickly sent the relative strength line to new highs and improved the outlook. The S&P 500 had a follow-through day on April 2 and the Nasdaq composite followed suit April 6. That puts the market in a favourable position. While true that not all follow-through days’ work, Netflix is one of the better looking patterns in the current market environment but is currently extended from its April 13 breakout. It's best to wait for another consolidation before making another purchase. The earnings reaction and pause in the market knocked Netflix stock down 6% off its high, but it needs more time to truly give another buying opportunity. The technical and fundamental action are currently painting a better picture than the stock has seen for nearly two years. As such it should remain on your watchlist. Overall, long term I feel the company is well positioned to significantly increase their growth and market share abroad. In conclusion, I wouldn’t want a single stock to be more than 3-5% of my overall portfolio, as it is not advisable to over invest in one specific equity, no matter how bullish I might be.
by Christian Gamble
In this article I explain why my choice for an investment is MasterCard and why investing in MasterCard is a low risk/high reward opportunity in today's marketplace.
by Rayan Lavi
My philosophy behind why I believe MPC is the best stock to buy right now.
by Stephanie Wojda
What do you call a group of Unicorns? A Blessing.
by Willow Emily McGlashan
I thoroughly enjoyed the academic endeavour involved in writing this essay describing what, in my opinion, is the best course of action to take during the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath. It is invigorating to implement strategies in such an unprecedented situation. My essay makes the case for Transocean as an investment opportunity.
by Samiksha Padiyar
As a recent high school graduate, the memory of the college application process is fresh in my mind. Since standardized testing was an important stepping stone, I used my Casio calculators for both my ACT and my SAT subject tests. They were extremely affordable, while being very useful, and I was perplexed regarding its market standing. Hence, I began my "investigation". My research led to some interesting findings, which I have disclosed in this article.
Business Scholarship: Submission Requirements Below – to learn more click here
Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in a University or College as a full-time student.
There will be 2 contest submission dates. To be eligible for the contest submit your essay by one the submission dates.
- Round 1: Accepting entries December 1st 2019 -May 1st 2020. Winners announced 6/01/20
- Round 2 : Accepting entries June 1st -November 1st 2020, Winners announced 12/01/20
Word requirement is 450. Topic must be related to investing and can be seen in more detail here.
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