Finance students explore career opportunities at CME Group

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Lewis finance students explore career opportunities at CME Group

Published: June 6, 2014.

Dr. Frank Rose, professor of finance, led a group of students on a study trip to the CME Group and one of its member firms to speak with alumni who are now working in the financial sector and learn more about what career opportunities it holds.

Twelve undergraduate and graduate students from Dr. Rose's derivatives courses were able to visit and learn about the trading of commodities and the behind the scenes operations of the financial sector. They met with alumni Shane Burke, Lead GCC Analyst at the CME Group and Dan Lewis, trader at the Transmarket Group.

“I had an absolute blast,” said Mike Trizna, student attendee of the trip. “It’s also great to see Lewis students achieving success in the world of finance with such a competitive job market.”

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivative marketplace, CME Group offers the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through the CME Globex electronic trading platform and trading facilities in New York and Chicago.

In their courses, Lewis University undergraduate and graduate finance students learn how Chicago's derivatives markets work and how futures and options products are used for investment and risk management purposes. Students engage in trading simulations to enhance their understanding of the markets. Lewis alumni who work in Chicago's financial markets are frequent guest speakers. Lewis University undergraduate and graduate finance students learn to leverage data and information to make strategic financial decisions; explore interdisciplinary topics in economics and accounting; develop a broad macroeconomic understanding of the global forces impacting finance; gain expertise in advanced theory with project-based coursework; and utilize computer modeling to analyze real-world financial situations.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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