High School Interests

Hello Monkeys,

I am currently in high-school and interested in finance (yeah, I know). At my school we have two-week "intensive work periods" where we are allowed to plan our own trip and pursue our interests as long as they are academically relevant in some way. As interested in finance as I am, I am hoping there is some way a few other students and I could would be able to study finance in either New York or Chicago. Of course we are all knowledgeable and competent students with basic understandings of finance and business (last year students met with team members from the original IOS development team). I am seeking your advice on anybody you know that would be willing to spare even a small bit of their time to meet with us. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks!

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Sep 8, 2012 - 4:17pm

New York or Chicago would probably be good depending on your interest. New York is the capital for securities (think stocks and bonds) and is also the US center for OTC derivatives. Chicago is the world center for futures and options. However, the majority of trading these days are done electronically and there is not much of a need anymore for traders to geographically locate themselves on the exchange floor.

I would probably suggest New York if you can afford it (the hotels are really expensive there relative to Chicago). You can easily go on visits of the NYSE and NY Fed. You should also see if you have any alumni working at any banks or firms that could hook you up with a visit and meetings with people to learn more. I know this is what my college did when they took us on a trip to NYC for our business honors program. Otherwise, look for connections with people that can hook you up with a little visit to a bank's trading desk or something.

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Sep 9, 2012 - 6:40pm

HoldenC:
New York or Chicago would probably be good depending on your interest. New York is the capital for securities (think stocks and bonds) and is also the US center for OTC derivatives. Chicago is the world center for futures and options. However, the majority of trading these days are done electronically and there is not much of a need anymore for traders to geographically locate themselves on the exchange floor.

I would probably suggest New York if you can afford it (the hotels are really expensive there relative to Chicago). You can easily go on visits of the NYSE and NY Fed. You should also see if you have any alumni working at any banks or firms that could hook you up with a visit and meetings with people to learn more. I know this is what my college did when they took us on a trip to NYC for our business honors program. Otherwise, look for connections with people that can hook you up with a little visit to a bank's trading desk or something.

Thanks for the advice! Unfortunately we are a fairly new school (founded 2008) and have no alumni in finance at the moment...

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