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A competitive edge: U of T students and alumni on the value of 罗特曼’s finance research and trading lab

U of T alumnus 杰森何 says the 罗特曼管理学院's finance research and training lab gave him a leg up when he was searching for a job on Bay Street (photo courtesy of 罗特曼管理学院)

杰森何 was able to jumpstart his actual career in finance thanks to simulated experiences he received at the 正规澳门赌场’s 罗特曼管理学院.

除了课程, 实习和网络, Ho says the BMO Financial Group Finance 研究 and Trading Lab’s (FRT-Lab) hands-on simulations gave him a competitive advantage when it came to landing his job at a big bank.

“The real world is very different from a classroom setting – what we learn in the lab is very representative of what you actually see in the industry,”何说, 谁 began his role as a data scientist at RBC Capital Markets in July after graduating as valedictorian from 罗特曼’s master of financial 风险管理 program.

He adds that he became well-versed in using the lab’s 罗特曼 Interactive Trader Market Simulator and 罗特曼 Portfolio Manager through two courses – a financial trading strategy course in his undergraduate 罗特曼 Commerce program, and a financial 风险管理 course during his master’s degree. 

一名学生在罗特曼管理公司的一个交易终端工作

The BMO Financial Group Finance 研究 and Trading Lab provides students with hands-on simulations (photo courtesy of 罗特曼管理学院)

这两门课程都由 克雷格·杰弗里, academic co-director of the trading lab and an assistant professor of finance in the teaching stream.

“Simulation-based learning in finance ensures students know what they are doing when working with real markets – they become robust decision-makers,”杰弗里说. 

“What they are confronting and learning in the classroom is what they will be faced with on the job.”

成立于1999年 汤姆·麦柯迪, 学术联席主任兼金融学教授, the trading lab has evolved over the years from an information portal to a dynamic learning centre. Its focus is on developing products that integrate research and teaching with practice, 如市场模拟器.

The lab’s capabilities for simulation-based learning now have a global reach – more than 60 top universities and companies around the world use the simulator, as well as the decision cases and investment management platform, 培训学生和新员工.

”罗特曼, the lab is much more than our simulation-based learning products – it provides resources for research, 为全校师生服务,McCurdy”, noting that the lab’s wealth of data reaches well beyond the finance curriculum.

2020年3月以来, 学生们已经远程连接到实验室的资源, including the portfolio of simulation-based learning decision cases. The technology is still accessible 24-7 for students and faculty – just like when the lab’s 70 workstations and industry-standard tools were open for drop-in sessions before the pandemic.

“Enabling our resources to be available for both in-person and remote users is paramount to ensure a high level of engagement and support for students, 教师和超越,” Bachir Chehab他是实验室的副主任.

Ilya Kudzelka, the trading lab was one of the reasons he chose to pursue his master of finance degree at 罗特曼.

"Getting exposure to how things actually work on the trading floor is incredible, 即使在网上,你也能感受到竞争的力量,”Kudzelka说. 

麦克迪关于预测风险和机遇的课程, 例如, asks students to complete 10 decision cases in portfolio management, 风险管理, 投资策略与交易. 

“Everything is so hands-on, and that’s what gives us an edge compared to other candidates,” says 四Dominguez, 谁 previously worked in accounting and operations after completing her CPA and CFA designations.

在她完成麦柯迪的课程时, Dominguez says she felt empowered to pursue a new career in finance after graduation – perhaps in sales and trading or investment banking.

Preyas帕特尔
Preyas帕特尔(照片由罗特曼管理学院提供)

MBA学生 Preyas帕特尔 says his participation in two 罗特曼 International Trading Competitions gave him crucial exposure to the competitive world of finance.

With prior investment and 风险管理 experience in Mumbai, Patel says he wanted to understand the theory behind his work and apply more innovative approaches. “The competitions and the financial trading course helped me immensely,Patel说:“, 谁, 今年早些时候, joined BMO Financial Group’s corporate treasury team as a senior analyst in corporate funding.

未来会有更多的机会.

Next year, 罗特曼 will expand the trading competition to the Middle East. 与汇丰银行中东地区合作, the four-month learning experience will focus on environmental and sustainable practices when making financial decisions. 参加者将使用环境, social and governance (ESG) ratings as a guiding principle when developing and testing their strategies using the market simulator and portfolio manager.

“Our goal is to create a legacy in the future of sustainable finance by developing advanced skills in sustainability in the next generation of leaders,”Chehab说.

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