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Financial Markets Program

The main goal of the LSBE Financial Markets Program is to provide you with an educational experience that can be directly applied to the Financial Services Industry. With the support of the local financial community, you have the opportunity to apply learned ideas, theories, and tools directly.

The three key elements of Academic Studies, the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Lab, and the Bulldog Fund, LLC, make the program's foundation. This non-traditional learning environment offers you the opportunity to apply fundamental, technical, and quantitative analysis techniques and encourages the development of your own methodology towards analyzing investment options within the financial markets.

In addition to the Academic Studies component, the Bulldog Fund, LLC, challenges you to make strategic investment decisions directly applicable to a portfolio of more than $1.7 million. Hands-on experience is gained through active research and analysis conducted in the on-campus, Wells Fargo Financial Markets Lab, a state-of-the-art lab designed to replicate a real-world investment setting.

Participation in the program provides you with the skills necessary to make sound critical thinking decisions, not only for today but also throughout your career. You will learn the importance of integrity and the power of personal relationship development through networking opportunities in the industry and alumni contacts.

A view of the beams on the outside of the LSBE dean's office.

Two LSBE Financial Markets Program Teams Advanced to the Upper Midwest Finals

March 11, 2020

LSBE students competed in the CFA challenge and learned so much more than they ever thought they would. 
Current Cohort of Financial Markets Program

Student-Led Investment Fund Surpasses $2 Million Mark

February 26, 2020

The Bulldog Fund, a portfolio management experience of LSBE’s Financial Markets Program, has broken $2 million in assets under management.
2018 Financial Markets Team with Joe Artim

Competing in New York for a Chance to be World Champions

May 7, 2019

What’s it like to be one of the top 10 financial markets analyst student teams in the Americas?
The Financial Markets team with their trophy

Bound for New York City

February 27, 2019

One of two LSBE Financial Markets teams celebrates their current victory with sights set on the next round. 
Members of the Financial Markets CFA Challenge Team

A Group Project Like No Other

May 21, 2018

An amazing way to top off college combined diligence, friendship, team work, and many miles. 
Financial Markets Team with Trophies

Financial Markets Team Heading to Malaysia!

March 27, 2018

Ryan Woitalla, Reed Leonidas, Nawal Mirza, Frank Takkinen, and Ryan Kimbrel  have earned a trip to Malaysia. 
LSBE Financial Markets Team: (L to R) Ryan Kimbrel, Frank Takkinen, Reed Leonidas, Nawal Mirza, Ryan Woitalla, and Joe Artim, Director of the Program

Financial Markets Team Wins Big Again!

March 2, 2018

Five students from the UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ Financial Markets Program earned first place in the Upper Midwest... more
Financial Markets Team

A Big Win for LSBE's Financial Markets Program Team

March 3, 2017

Five students from the UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ Financial Markets program earned first place in the Upper Midwest... more
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