SXU announces open houses for state-of-the-art finance lab

Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham School of Management is pleased to announce three open houses for the Center for the Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives (CSFMD), located at the Chicago campus at 3839 W. 103rd St. The community is invited to explore this exciting new facility from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wed., April 17 as well as 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. on Fri., April 26. These open houses are free and open to all members and friends of the SXU community.

Founded through a generous grant by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the center will offer students “hands-on” experience using state-of-the-art financial technology. The innovative teaching techniques will provide students with an in-depth understanding of trading, risk management, and other financial concepts, in order to better prepare them for careers in business and finance. The CSFMD also will be involved with programming, marketing, and promotion activities, as well as outreach programs that will benefit local businesses and the community in the matter of financial literacy and strategy.

The CSFMD will continue to reinforce the Graham School’s existing partnerships with organizations such as the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. In the future, the CSFMD will serve as a locale for the small business owners and student/faculty consultant teams to develop business plans and financial strategies to grow their businesses through the Graham School’s Minority Small Business Owners Outreach Program.

Activities at the Center will be led by a faculty member from the Graham School’s Department of Economics and Finance who serves as the Center’s director. Dr. Muhammad Chishty, Associate Professor of Finance, is the current Director of the Center.

The Department of Economics and Finance recently formed an Advisory Board with Professor Werner DeBondt, one of the founders of behavioral finance, and Mr. John Simmons, Senior Client Relationship Manager and Strategist with William Blair & Company, LLC as its first members. The Board will contribute to the CSFMD’s activities.

Additionally, the Department of Economics and Finance is collaborating with the Department of Computer Science to create greater opportunities for students in both departments.

For more information, please contact Prof. Monzurul Hoque at (773) 298-3616 or