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Ohio University Derivatives Management Group


Founded in 2013, the Ohio University Derivatives Management Group (DMG) is a student-run organization that manages swaps, options, and futures portfolios. Through its active member involvement and hands-on learning environment, the group provides students with the opportunity to gain exposure to high-level investing. Its members represent some of the brightest students from Ohio University and are expected to maintain strong academic standing, as evidenced by the group's 3.00 GPA requirement.

OHIO's DMG is one of the only student-run derivatives groups in the nation

The group — the youngest of the three investment groups on the Athens campus — has the ability to utilize industry leading technology such as Bloomberg and FactSet to recognize market trends and conduct rigorous technical analysis to understand entry and exit points.

This derivatives-focused student organization's investment strategy is one that is short-term and tends to be event driven. However, the group will commonly implement unique hedging strategies in times of volatility to take advantage of moves in the underlying asset.

The Ohio University Derivatives Management Group logo is the Sigma symbol. Sigma represents volatility, which options traders use as the basis for many plays.


Culture & Values

The Ohio University Derivatives Management Group maintains three core values: integrity, solidarity, and respect.


The group's members represent some of the brightest finance students at Ohio University. Active members are expected to maintain academic and social responsibility and are held to high standards of morality. For example, such academic integrity is demonstrated through the group's strict 3.00 GPA requirement to maintain membership. Similarly, the group maintains integrity through its investments. Through weekly reporting for internal and external purposes, the group maintains its strong relationship with supervisors and faculty.   


The Ohio University Derivatives Management Group prides itself on its ability to connect high-achieving students within the College of Business. OUDMG represents a diverse group of individuals across all majors within the college who maintain strong relationships with each other in meetings and in the classroom. Through working in investment and economic groups, members learn the importance of teamwork and strategic thinking to push across investment ideas. Likewise, through faculty and undergraduate taught trainings and similar initiatives, the group is able to bridge the gap between members and faculty.


The group's current meeting layout encourages open discussion surrounding securities to potentially include in our portfolio. Although discussions can sometimes become passionate, the group makes a conscience effort to ensure that every voice is heard and that each member receives a fair chance to argue their opinion. Each member is treated equally, regardless of their title or tenure in the group. This initiative is further evidenced by the group's equal weight voting system, where each member is allowed to vote on each sales pitch, including interns.   


Ohio University Derivatives Management Group
College of Business, Ohio University
Copeland Hall, Athens, OH 45701


The Ohio University Derivatives Management Group has prepared me for success in the classroom and in my future career through hands-on learning, real experience in investing, and by being surrounded by other intelligent and hard-working individuals. Being in the Derivatives Management Group has set me apart from other individuals applying for the same positions and has helped many members get the jobs and internships that they want.

Patrick Mullin '21, President