Our commitment to education and scholarship

There can be no progress without education.This is why Deka promotes scholarship focusing on economic interrelationships. We support the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the University of Applied Sciences of the Savings Banks Finance Group and the Planspiel Börse. We also founded a research institute named IQAM Research.

House of Finance at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

Deka at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

Support for education is fundamental for the future. That is why Deka has been supporting the Goethe University in Frankfurt since 1968:

Center for Financial Studies

Deka has supported the Center for Financial Studies (CfS) since 1998. The CfS is an independent research institute based in the House of Finance (HoF) at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Our support for the CfS is intended to strengthen the exchange between theory and practice.

Hochschule für Finanzwirtschaft und Management (University of Applied Sciences for Finance and Management)

The Hochschule für Finanzwirtschaft und Management is the central educational service provider of the Savings Banks Finance Group (Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe). High-ranking academics and practitioners train the next generation of managers in accordance with the standards and value system of the Savings Banks Finance Group. Many of the more than 3,000 graduates are now specialists or managers at the Savings Banks Finance Group - including DekaBank.

It is important to us to assist in the development of these young people: Every year, Deka invites the current students to Frankfurt. Since 2015, we have also awarded prizes to the top graduates. They then spend four weeks as interns in the Deka Group – in an area of their choosing. They gain practical experience, receive exclusive insights into the company and make valuable contacts.

Graduates of the Hochschule für Finanzwirtschaft und Management

Endowed professorship in “Banking Regulation” at the Hochschule für Finanzwirtschaft und Management

Since January 2020, we have sponsored the endowed chair “Banking Regulation” at the Hochschule für Finanzwirtschaft und Management. The chair deals with issues concerning the implementation of banking regulation and develops new, optimised approaches to solutions in terms of size and business model. Dr. Anja Schulz has been appointed to the chair.

The University stands out for its practical orientation and the focus of its research projects. It deals with innovative topics that are also relevant for DekaBank as a financial service provider. DekaBank's support allows it to position itself as a future employer.

Award of the 2018 Research Prize:
Gergana Jostova and Dr. Ulrich Neugebauer

IQAM Research: Privates Institut für Quantitative Kapitalmarktforschung

The IQAM Research - Privates Institut für Quantitative Kapitalmarktforschung (Private Institute for Quantitative Capital Market Research), founded by Deka, aims to improve the exchange between practice and academic research. Here, academics and practitioners in the field of capital markets conduct joint research. 

Every two years, IQAM Research grants awards for excellent research work by students and graduates in the area of capital market research. This award for young academics was to be granted for the third time in 2020, together with a special award for outstanding work in the area of sustainability, but was postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
IQAM Research allows us to examine and evaluate current academic developments and integrate them into our business practices. This benefits the further development of DekaBank as a financial service provider and its products. Employees who publish their academic papers through IQAM Research can make contact with renowned researchers. This allows an exchange of knowledge to occur, ensures that high quality research is performed at IQAM Research and helps create a positive perception of us as an employer and provider of products.

Read more on IQAM Research here.

Planspiel Börse: Securities trading made simple

Deka has been supporting the Planspiel Börse (Stock Market Learning Competition) of the Sparkassen since 2014. The game teaches schoolchildren, students and trainees what securities are all about – in an exciting and practical way. It deepens basic economic knowledge, imparts stock market know-how and strengthens the participants’ social skills. The game's special “sustainability” rating promotes future-oriented and responsible action. 

As the Wertpapierhaus (securities service provider) for the Savings Banks Finance Group, we want to promote the public acceptance of securities in German. Interest rates are still low, and this has a negative effect on the growth of savings accounts. A financial education is very important for understanding this and the alternatives that exist. DekaBank's support for the Planspiel Börse is intended to promote intensive learning of financial and capital market knowledge and is aimed at youth and young adults in particular.

You can find additional information on the Planspiel Börse here.

Second place in the school competition for overall portfolio valuation in the Planspiel Börse with their advisers from the Sparkasse Bayreuth.

38th Round of the Stock Market Learning Competition

The 38th round of the Planspiel Börse took place from September to December 2020. More than 35,000 teams with a total of around 94,000 players were faced with an extremely challenging investment period. They nevertheless managed to earn the highest return in years, in spite of the ongoing coronavirus crisis and turbulent US presidential election.
Unfortunately, the gala for the winners couldn't take place as usual in the spring of 2021 due to the pandemic. The prizes will instead be brought to the winners and a professional camera operator will shoot short clips together with influencers. The videos will be distributed through the social media channels of the Stock Market Learning Competition and can also be posted by the individual players
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Marco Lammert is a portfolio manager at Deka Investment.

Marco Lammert works as a portfolio manager at Deka Investment.

From the Planspiel Börse to Deka

“The Planspiel Börse gave me my first contact with the stock market. I was immediately fascinated by the topic, so I wanted to take this path professionally as well. An apprenticeship at DekaBank ultimately led me to fund management. Every day you get to see what’s happening in the economy first hand – exciting and fascinating every day!”

Marco Lammert, a trained investment fund salesman, studied part-time at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. After time at CASS London Business School and Credit Suisse in London, he joined the Global Equities team in 2014 as a portfolio manager with responsibility for the Financials sector.