20170208-_8000846Ivan V. Sichkar, CFA, FRM, CFP® is the Founder and President of ECNFIN.com. Ivan loves exploring the world and has visited 25 countries so far. His favorite vacation is a honeymoon trip to Hawaii.

Ivan is a strong believer in value investing. He studied at universities in Ukraine and the US and holds three professional designations: Chartered Financial Analyst®, Financial Risk Manager® designations, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Ivan earned M.A. in Economics degree from University of Denver as well as B.A. in Economics from Idaho State University and B.S. in International Economics and Business from Kiev National Economics University in Ukraine.

Ivan has fifteen+ years of work experience as investment analyst working for investment firms in the US. Ivan has also worked as Adjunct Professor at Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, where he helped design and create a new graduate course for MSF students – Ethics in Finance. Ivan has developed course material to include CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct; current ethical issues facing financial markets around the world; case studies based on Derivatives and High Frequency Trading (HFT), Insider Trading, IPO process, and the Financial Crisis. 

Currently, Ivan is teaching  Financial Markets and Investments course to MBA students at the University of Denver. The course material includes: Measuring risk adjusted returns, evaluating historical performance of investments by calculating Alpha, Sharpe Ratio, performing regression analysis using Fama-French three factor model; determining the optimal asset allocation model for maximum risk adjusted return and bond duration; constructing diversified portfolio; evaluating bonds by calculating the duration, present value, yield to maturity, accrued interest and appropriate credit rating; computing VaR and making risk management recommendations; hedging firm risk using derivatives.

Ivan strongly believes in ethics and high standards of investment industry. As Advocacy Chair for CFA Society Colorado, Ivan engaged U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter to be the first speaker in the District Dialog series between industry professionals and lawmakers. Also, Ivan introduced Governor Hickenlooper and his staff to Investors First Month of May. After which, Governor Hickenlooper made proclamation to promote investors’ rights.

Ivan is giving back to the community by volunteering. Ivan is the past President and Director of CFA Society Colorado. It is the largest financial society in Colorado with over 1,400 members. Ivan organized the annual forecast dinner with 400 guests and David Rosenberg as the guest speaker.

Ivan has also coordinated the CFA Institute Research Challenge for the Colorado Region for four years. CFA Research challenge is a global competition for university students that tests the equity research, valuation, and presentation skills. Ivan organized competitions for college students from University of Denver, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ivan has partnered with top executives from local companies to engage them as the subject companies of the research challenge: Ball Corp, Molson Coors, Charles Schwab, DaVita and Arrow Electronics.

In recognition for his contribution to enhancing the standing of the CFA Society Colorado and raising the stature of the CFA Charter, Ivan was awarded the annual Jonathan Holtzinger Award of Excellence by CFA Society Colorado.

Ivan is the past Director of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Denver Chapter. Ivan organized Denver GARP chapter meetings which included lectures at the Federal Reserve Bank and presentations by financial risk professionals. Ivan helped candidates to form study groups for FRM and ERP exams.

Ivan is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English. His hobbies include snowboarding, tennis, working out, hiking, and traveling.


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