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Board of Trade, Northwestern Offer Financial Markets Course

October 6, 2004

The School of Continuing Studies and the Chicago Board of Trade will offer a professional development course, jointly created by both institutions, exploring the concepts, theories and applications relating to financial instruments and capital markets.

The joint course covers topics such as macroeconomics, money and banking, security valuation, efficient market hypothesis, capital asset pricing model (CAPM), the pricing of various financial instruments, and the interrelationships between the various underlying and derivatives markets.

The course begins Oct. 18 and runs for six weeks through November.  Classes will take place on Monday and Thursday, after market hours, for two hours per day for a total of 24 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the School of Continuing Studies.

The noncredit Professional Development course, entitled “Economics of Trading,” will be taught at the Loop location of the School of Continuing Studies, the continuing education arm of Northwestern University with programs designed specifically for working adults.

Ted Doukas, CBOT managing director, educational development and training, said, “As derivatives markets are experiencing unprecedented growth, the CBOT is constantly searching for new opportunities to educate current and prospective market users about the futures industry. With its global reputation for excellence, Northwestern University is the perfect partner for the CBOT. We are reaching out to new and experienced traders, as well as individuals who have a limited capital markets background, and offering them the chance to learn more about how the derivatives and financial markets work.”

Tom Gibbons, dean of the School of Continuing Studies, said, “When a leader in the financial market partners with a world-class academic institution, the outcome is an outstanding learning experience for the trading public. This partnership joins academic excellence with the strength of industry knowledge to provide the type of training needed to meet the changing demands of the marketplace.”

A course description and online registration can be found at http://www.scs.northwestern.edu/trading. Interested students also can call 312-503-4846.

For more information about training and education at the CBOT, visit the education section of the exchange Website at www.cbot.com or educationandtraining@cbot.com.

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