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Rotman Commerce Trading Group Competition | March 22, 2024

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 Challenge 2024 at St. George Campus.

The top-performing students proved great ability in making rapid trading decisions while skillfully navigating through the RIT Market Simulator by successfully complementing a series of exchange transactions.

Registration Timeline



March 22, 2024

Please join us for a Practice Session in the FRT-Lab on March 20th at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST.  Feel free to drop in, spaces are limited.


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

Mergers & 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. 

Commodities 3


The Commodities Trading Case aims to familiarize students with the risks and opportunities linked to the concept of “transportation arbitrage.” Participants will be permitted to purchase crude oil and transport it to various locations. They will need to manage expenses related to the storage and transportation of crude oil between locations, while considering anticipated returns to generate “arbitrage” profits.

Dress Code

RCTG is a professional business competition, so participants are expected to dress in business casual or business formal attire.

Health and Safety | COVID-19

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    • 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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