Business students and faculty will put their financial trading skills to the test when they travel to Toronto, Canada on February 17th through the 20th for the annual Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC).

UTC students Desiree Disterdick, Brendan Hawks, Robert Hill, and Simona Vitali, and faculty and staff Lauren Templeton, Director of Finance for the Future, and Dr. Chris Brockman, Assistant Professor of Finance, will compete at the conference.

Now in its eighth year, the three day competition brings together more than 300 participants representing approximately 50 different top universities and corporations across the world. UTC students will have the opportunity to compete in simulated trading cases that closely mimic different aspects of real world markets.

“RITC is a one-of-a-kind event,” Templeton said, “Students will be trading in a simulated market environment to learn both the art and science of finance.”

UTC students are attending RITC as a part of the new Finance for the Future Initiative. Finance for the Future Initiative is a program in the College of Business to deliver academic and practical experience in the study of trading and portfolio management, with particular emphasis on the perspective of women in financial decision-making and successful trading practices.

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