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Rotman Commerce Trading Group - Market Simulation Series

In collaboration with The Rotman Commerce Trading Group (RCTG), The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab will host the Rotman Commerce Trading Group Market Simulation Series.


Come visit the state-of-the-art FRT- Lab for this 3-part series!  Students can learn the basics about trading using the Rotman Interactive Trading Market Simulator.  Receive hands-on training and build your confidence in preparation of other lab activities and competitions that the lab hosts throughout the year!  Meet other liked-minded students and learn from the labs experienced lab assistants and staff.  We promote a safe, judgmental-free zone.


Upon completion of the Market Simulation series, a certificate of excellence will be awarded.  The following criteria must be met in order to earn this certification:

  1. Student must attend all 3 sessions – 1 x Beginner, 1x Intermediate, 1x Advanced. (Attendance will be taken)
  2. During the sessions, the student must be actively engaged.
  3. During the session, while trading, the student’s profit should be greater than 0 (zero).

Certifications will be awarded (via email) in mid-December 2023 and late-March 2024.

Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Once awarded with the Certificate, students may also apply for CCR.


The Co-Curricular Record is designed to help students find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document.

Benefits of Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Recognition:

For more details about this CCR position and to begin your application, CLICK HERE.

Registration Timeline


Timeline - Fall 2023


* Sessions are identical.  Attend one only.


* Sessions are identical.  Attend one only.


Timeline - Winter 2024


* Sessions are identical.  Attend one only.


* Sessions are identical.  Attend one only.


* Sessions are identical.  Attend one only.

Registration for Winter sessions will be open soon.  Stay tuned!


In- Person: St. George Campus


BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab

Rotman School of Management

Room 290, North Building

105 St. George St.

Toronto, ON M5S 3E6


Case Summary

Beginner session:

Mergers and Acquisitions

The mergers & acquisitions case requires students to calculate the arbitrage-free price of a company that has received a takeover offer. The probability of the deal succeeding is dynamically updated through time and students must value the security based on the probability weighted outcomes.

Intermediate session:

Price Discovery

The Price Discovery case is designed to illustrate to students how the price discovery mechanism works for an IPO in financial markets. Ultimately the current price reflects all known information in the market, and stock prices generally settle where a consensus on correct valuation is reached.

Advanced session:

Algorithmic Trading Case

The Algorithmic Trading Case is designed to challenge participants’ programming skills as they are required to develop algorithms using RIT API to automate the market-making process and react to changing market conditions. Throughout the case, these algorithms will submit orders to profit from market-making and from any arbitrage opportunities that may arise. Due to the high-frequency nature of the case, participants will have to develop algorithms to adapt to changes in market dynamics.

Note: The Winter sessions will cover different case studies from the Fall sessions

Health and Safety | COVID-19

Competition participants are responsible for following health and safety measures where applicable. Individuals should report health and safety concerns to the competition committee via email at financelab[at], who will promptly review, assess and implement measures to address the concern where appropriate.

Measure to reduce risk of exposure:

    • Individuals who are sick or who have COVID-19-related symptoms should stay home/hotel/accommodation.
    • Isolate until there is no fever and symptoms improve for 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms), regardless of testing results or no testing.
    • Refer to: Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Procedures in the Event of a Confirmed Case and/or COVID-19 Symptoms.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Practice proper respiratory etiquette, such as sneezing and coughing into your elbow.
    • Face masks are encouraged, and we ask everyone always to respect the decisions of others, their comfort levels, and their health needs.

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