Investment Paper Competition – $10,000

We’ve had at least one blog reader win this, let’s get another!

The National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) has issued a call for papers for the2012 Wagner Award for Advances in Active Investment Management. $10,000 will be awarded to the author of the best paper with $3,000 and $1,000 awards to the second and third place entries.

The grand prizewinner will be invited to present his / her paper at the NAAIM annual conference: “NAAIM Uncommon Knowledge 2012,” May 7-9, 2012 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta in Georgia. Free conference attendance, U.S. air travel and lodging will be provided. Top papers will be placed on the NAAIM website and promoted nationally in the investment media.

The Wagner Award is designed to promote validity of active investment management through substantive papers that cover an innovative topic in the area of active investing. This can be either a documented and justified investing approach or an exploration into the validity of active investing. Active investing topics can involve making investment decisions using technical analysis, quantitative analysis, etc. Papers can also address related topics such as position sizing techniques, money management approaches, scaling into and out of trades, exit strategies, etc.

Papers must be of practical significance to practitioners of active investing. Submissions should be up to 30 pages in length with a required 750-1000 word abstract and must be submitted electronically to: by January 1, 2012 to qualify for the competition. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2012.

As a judge of the 2010 and 2011 Wagner Awards, Chairman of the 2012 Wagner Award Committee Greg Morris’ advice to authors of Wagner Award submissions is to keep in mind Occam’s Razor (Occam stated that the simpler of two theories was probably the better theory), and the words of Albert Einstein, “In my view, such more complicated systems and their combinations should be considered only if there exist physical-empirical reasons to do so.”


“In my experience, complexity brings risk and higher probability of failure,” Morris explained. He is the chairman of the investment committee and chief technical analyst for Stadion Money Mangement.


2012 will be the fourth consecutive year NAAIM has offered the $10,000 Wagner Award. Previous winners include:

  • 2011 – German Quantitative Trader and Software Programmer, Thomas Krawinkel for “Buying Power – The Overlooked Success Factor”
  • 2010 – New Zealand statistician Tony Cooper, founder of Double-Digit Numerics, for “Alpha Generation and Risk Smoothing using Volatility of Volatility”
  • 2009 – Justin Lent, an independent trader and quantitative consultant, for “Tactical Equity Allocation Model (T.E.A.M.)”

Download Call for Entries with competition rules

Read Prior Wagner Award submissions 


For more information, visit or contact NAAIM administrator Susan Truesdale or 888-261-0787.