Analyst Upcoming FMA How to Become a Chartered Financial Events

Meetings: Mondays, 12:00-12:50, Speakman 115
Volume 16 Issue 4
Upcoming FMA
October 23 – Special Olympics at
University of Delaware
October 29 —American Red Cross
Blood Drive
November 1 – Visit from Target
November 6 – College Council
November 8 — DJ Dawson from
Abbotsford Financial Consulting
How to Become a Chartered Financial
Monday, October 25, 2010
On Monday, October 11 , FMA hosted a visit from the professionals at Stalla CFA
Review and discussed the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam. This exam is in 3 parts,
six hours each, and consists of concept questions about ethics, asset valuation, and
portfolio management.
Stalla is a team of professionals who specialize in helping individuals train and pass
the exams to become a charterholder. The other requirements of becoming CFA
certified are to have a Bachelor’s degree and have 48 months of professional
For additional information on Stalla CFA Review,
November 16 – Career Expo.
Visit from Prudential
On October 18 , FMA received a visit from Prudential’s Kingsley
Sosoo, VP of Finance, and Peter Sayre, Senior VP/Controller,
who gave a special presentation on the market meltdown and
how the company was able to survive the economic downward
They helped members get a better idea of their company values
and how they are able to remain successful with the current
Sosoo also discussed job opportunities for graduating seniors
and internships for freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Their
summer internship program gives students the opportunity to gain
relevant work experience within the financial management
industry as well as the ability to establish relationships with
For more information on Prudential go to
Easy Money - Working Capital Management
Effective Working Capital management can release significant amounts of cash that can be used elsewhere in a
company. And it’s easy. Fixed depreciable assets are significantly larger than Net Working Capital at most companies,
are more ―exciting‖, and usually represent the largest single group of investments funded by lenders and equity
investors. Fixed assets often define what a company does for a living. Consequently their management gets a lot of
attention. In contrast, working capital is often overlooked by corporate executives, including financial managers.
Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Accounts Payable are often viewed as ―necessary evils‖ that must be tolerated in order
to facilitate the ―real‖ business of managing the fixed assets. Unfortunately, this view – based either on lack of attention
or lack of understanding – can negatively impact a company’s return on total assets and return on invested capital.
Working Capital assets, including Cash, Receivables and Inventory often represent a substantial investment that has a
zero ROI (Return On Investment). Actually, these assets have a negative ROI because they produce no revenue but
require expenditures to manage them. On the other side of the balance sheet lie current liabilities including Accounts
Payable. These funds owed to vendors and suppliers who have advanced credit to the business can be viewed as
―free‖ money – that is, a loan with no interest unless penalties are imposed for late payment.
Effective Working Capital Management consists of minimizing investment in Current Assets and maximizing the use of
vendor credit. Competitive pressures usually require granting credit to buyers, so Accounts Receivable are unavoidable.
Nevertheless, receivables can be minimized through several simple techniques. Similarly, Inventory and Accounts
Payable can be managed so as to minimize Inventory and maximize Payables.
Improvements in Working Capital Management can be implemented immediately and quickly produce excellent results.
Want for information? Contact Prof. Steve Kamp at [email protected]
Financial Management Association - Executive Officers 2010
Executive Officers
President, Judy Martin, [email protected]
Vice President, Pete Grant, [email protected]
Treasurer, Hyman Lee, [email protected]
Secretary, Wenhao Zuo, [email protected]