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Advisors Urged to Enter NAAIM Investment Management Contest ASAP

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The Littleton, Colo.-based National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) has issued a call for papers for the 2010 Wagner Awards.

Top prize for the second annual Wagner Awards for Advances in Active Investment Management is $10,000, with entrants placing second and third also receiving cash awards.

Winning papers will demonstrate active investment strategies that can include trading methodologies such as tactical allocation, exploiting market inefficiencies, hedging or sizing positions, and/or deploying dynamic asset allocation, sector rotation and long-short strategies.

The deadline for papers is March 15, 2010, and competition rules and submission requirements can be found online.

The competition is open to academics, financial professionals, analysts, and doctoral candidates in the field.

The Wagner Awards competition tests the use and viability of active management — investment approaches that strive to limit losses during bear markets and capitalize on the markets periods of superior performance.

Active investment strategies typically involve multiple, interrelated trading decisions throughout a calendar year using mutual funds, securities, exchange-traded funds (ETF’s), options or financial futures, or derivatives.

Wagner Awards winners will be announced at NAAIM’s annual Uncommon Knowledge conference, May 3-5, 2010, to be held at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, where the top-prize winner also will be invited to present the winning paper.