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Finance students win challenge

MANCHESTER Metropolitan's trainee financial planners are the best in the business – again!

The University's team have emerged winners of the Seven Investment Management University Financial Planning Challenge Cup for the second year in a row.

Anna Novitskaya and Stephanie Taylor from the BA (Hons) Financial Services course and Dale Morgan, from MMU School of Law, stood out from the field for their technical knowledge, client proposals and presentation.

Oliver Princep, Senior Lecturer at MMU Business School said: "The team demonstrated superb communication skills. Being able to put across technical information in a logical and understandable way for clients is crucial, and they certainly showed that capability."

Future professionals

With a government review of banking products and services in the pipeline, the need to attract new talent into the financial advisory and planning industry has never been so important.

Justin Urquart Stewart, director and co-founder of Seven IM said: "These winners are the future of our industry – and I believe that we as an industry should do far more to encourage professionally trained and qualified talent. From what we can see with these winners, we have at least made a great start."

Nick Cann, Chief Executive of the Institute for Financial Planning said: "All the students have been mentored by Certified Financial Planners so they have had access to some great skills training. This will inevitably set them up for some great job opportunities within the profession."

Tony Yip, from Denton, one of last year's MMU winners has just been appointed at Capital Asset Management in London.

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