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Bentley University Takes Second Place at the National College Fed Challenge

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Bentley University Takes Second Place at the National College Fed Challenge


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The Bentley team came in second place to Northwestern University during the ninth annual national finals of the College Fed Challenge, a competition for undergraduate students that challenges them to analyze economic and financial conditions and formulate a monetary policy recommendation. The final competition was held in Washington, D.C. at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve today, the same room where the Federal Open Market Committee meets to deliberate actual monetary policy.

Bentley’s team advanced to the finals after winning the regional competition where they faced 18  schools including Harvard, Dartmouth and Middlebury. Team members include Alfonso Martinez ‘13, Denise Klop (Tilburg University), Spencer Tirella ’13, Erik Larsson ’13, Guillermo Fernandez ’13, Brian Rogers ’14, Josh Kulak ’13, Dan Battista ’13, Cody Normyle ’13 and Thomas Moore ‘13. Bentley Economics Professors Aaron Jackson and Dave Gulley are the team advisors and led the students through practice and rehearsals leading up to the national competition.

During the finals, each team gave 15-minute presentations and then faced tough questions from a panel of judges including Fed Governor Elizabeth Duke, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Executive Vice President of Communications Krishna Guha, and Robert Barsky, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve, the College Fed Challenge encourages students to learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking, and the role of the Federal Reserve System in the economy. To prepare for the finals, the Bentley team monitored economic conditions in the United States, paying particular attention to all events surrounding the upcoming fiscal cliff.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

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