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NAAIM Wagner Award

February 6, 2011

With just over a month remaining, I wanted to encourage our intelligent readers to participate in the annual Wagner Award competition by submitting an original article on active investment management. The prize is substantial, and winners gain a high degree of credibility and visibility in the quant world. It is a chance to get recognized for good research.


Advance the understanding of Active Management and win $10,000

The NAAIM Wagner Award is Back for 2011

The NAAIM Wagner Award for Advances in Active Investment Managementcompetition is back for 2011. As before, $10,000 will be awarded to the best paper that critically looks at how investors might better manage portfolios during market downturns, yet still capitalize on the market’s periods of superior performance.

Second and third place papers will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. Honorable mentions or additional monetary prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion. In addition, the grand prize winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the NAAIM annual conference: “NAAIM Uncommon Knowledge 2011”, May 2 – 4, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina in San Diego, CA. Free conference attendance, U.S. air travel and accommodations at the Hyatt Regency will be provided.

In addition to encouraging NAAIM members to submit entries, we are asking your support in sending copies of the Call for Entries and Intent to Submit to the finance and economic departments of your local colleges and universities, and to industry peers, media and financial authorities. Simply circulating the Call for Entries is a great way to build credibility for active management.

Another way you can help make the 2011 Wagner Award a success is to provide NAAIM with referrals to blogs, internet sites and newsletters that you turn to for financial insights. NAAIM will contact each referral with information soliciting entries to the competition. Please email your referrals

Final papers (up to 30 pages) together with a required 750-1000 word abstract must be submitted electronically to: by March 7, 2011 to qualify for the competition. Awards will be announced by April 15, 2011. Winning papers will be posted to the NAAIM web site for your reference and publicized by NAAIM. For more information, visit the NAAIM web site, where you will also find the best papers from 2010 and 2009.

Download the 2011 Call for Entries, Intent to Submit form and Competition Rules

2010  and 2009 Top Papers

If you have questions about topics or the procedures used to select the winning papers, please contact Dr. William Barack at 440-623-0775. I am co-chairman of the Wagner Awards for 2011 and served as a judge for the 2009 and 2010 competitions. I would be pleased to answer questions from potential authors as well as provide further information on the Wagner Award, NAAIM and the application of active investment management.




Dr. William Barack

NAAIM 2011 Wagner Award Co-Chair

President, Barack Capital Management, LLC

About the National Association of Active Investment Managers

NAAIM and the investment strategies of our members reflect the belief that the best investing approaches are active and adapt to current market conditions. At NAAIM, you will discover the finest networking and educational resources within the active investment management community. Through our associate members, you will find products and services specifically designed to help active management firms succeed and grow.

Take some time to explore our site and then contact NAAIM with your questions on active management and how we can be of service to you.

Ian Naismith
2010-2011 NAAIM President

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