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April, 2014...The Academy of Finance seniors, along with AOF Advisory Board President Amanda Ward, took a trip to the city to experience the world of finance from a new perspective.

The Museum of American Finance on Wall Street has an interesting collection of exhibits students were able to explore. The visit began with a tour guide providing details of Alexander Hamilton’s role in banking history, the timeline of our US currency including measures taken to prevent counterfeiting, as well as the changes the bond and stock markets have gone through over the years.

Filled with visually appealing displays depicting our US financial history, the museum piqued students’ curiosity and encouraged them to look further for information. After a brisk walk to the South Street Seaport area for lunch, the bus took the class past the 911 Memorial and the United Nations up to midtown Manhattan where a tour of BlackRock awaited them. Academy of Finance students

Financial Advisor and AOF Advisory Board Treasurer Joel Blum, himself a graduate of the first Monticello High School Academy of Finance, arranged for the students to see the trading floor of the largest asset management company in the world. He also joined the students for the tour. The students were excited to visit the firm founded by a graduate of their own high school, Robert Kapito and see what it would be like to work at a company of that size.

The tour was designed to allow students to get an inside glimpse of the traders at work as well as have their questions answered by experienced associates. The trip provided the class with exposure to working in a large corporation in the city which can help them determine if that type of work environment would be right for them.

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