Matt Nichols is a rising junior from Urbandale, Iowa. He is studying Economics: Finance and Mathematics. His focus on finance has led to an interest in careers in securities brokerage, fund management or financial advising.
How I Got into Finance/Business
My dad got me involved in online stock trading in high school, and I was instantly hooked on investing. I continued trading through my first two years of college, and also began trading stock options and commodities futures during my sophomore year. I grew to enjoy anything involving business or finance, especially fundamental and technical analysis of investments.
Experience in the Business Field
A huge aspect of my financial experience has been through online securities trading. I’ve traded stocks, futures, options, etc. for the last few years. I have gained not only experience in trading but I’ve also found my passion and future career path. I have also been involved in unique trading opportunities, such as the 2013 CME Commodities Trading Challenge. In this worldwide competition, four other Simpson students and I competed against 324 schools across the globe in a three-week futures-trading competition. Our team gained a huge amount of experience trading on the world-renown CQG IC trading system, and we advanced as high as 7th in the world.
Aside from investing, I have gained business experience through jobs and internships. I’m currently the project lead for the Green Financial Exchange (GFEX) project through Simpson’s business incubator, Emerge. In this position, I trade renewable energy certificates on the gTrader online trading platform, move markets through publications on social media sites, recruit potential clients, and manage client portfolios. I am also an intern with Vision Financial Group. In this position, I meet with potential clients, learn financial planning strategies, manage financial plans and portfolios, and gain real-world experience in a potential future career as a financial advisor.
I have also gained a great deal of business experience through my involvement with Enactus at Simpson. As Enactus’ Vice President and representative on the Student Organizational Board, my involvement has brought growth in areas of business expertise, leadership, and community involvement. Through Enactus, I also meet countless contacts outside of Simpson, and I gained excellent experience working with members of the community and the business world.
Outside of school, I work as a student ambassador in the office of admissions at Simpson. I also serve and bartend at Glen Oaks Country Club and roof houses on weekends.
I am extensively involved in RLC at Simpson, playing in the Quench band and leading Calm Café every week. I also am involved in countless intramural sports. I enjoy doing just about everything in my free time, and my favorite activities include playing sports and video games, cycling, and playing guitar.
Thanks Matt! He’s a humble guy, so we’ll point out that Matt also won the Outstanding Junior for the 2012-2013 academic year! We’re excited to see what success Matt finds in his last year at Simpson and in his career.