FMA Leaders Attend "College Day Cram Session"

The Financial Management Association, re-established in the fall of 2011 and now recognized by the National FMA Chapter, recently sent two of its Executive Members to the Windy City for the Chicago Board Options Exchange's (CBOE) “College Day Cram Session.” While at the “Cram Session,” our students were able to take a tour of the trading pits for both the S&P 500 Index Options, and Volatility Index Options. A majority of the  day consisted of being educated by CBOE instructors about Money Manager Methods, Technical Analysis, History of Financial Markets, Derivative Markets, Algorithmic Trading, and Career Paths within the industry.

Upon market closure, our students were able to engage in a “mock trading session.” The session began at approximately 3:15 p.m., after markets had closed for the day, and took place in the same pit where S&P 500 Index Options are traded on a daily basis. The FMA President, Bricen Hakeman, & Vice President, Douglas Dornan, stated that the CBOE’s College Cram Session was in fact “one of the most pronounced, exhilarating, educational, and influential experiences we’ve had in our lives. It gave us an insider’s view of just how much work it takes to be successful in the industry of finance, and how to further enhance our preparation and performance for career opportunities after graduation.”

Through the generosity of our donors, the School of Business is proud to support student attendance at national conferences and activities like this that support our students' integrative learning experiences.



FMA Vice President Douglas Dornan and FMA President Bricen Hakeman

at the Chicago Board Options Exchange's bell.


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The trading floor at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.