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Optiver, the financial derivatives trading firm, is donating 5 years of financial support to the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for education and research in the field of financial markets.

Optiver, the financial derivatives trading firm, is donating 5 years of financial support to the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for education and research in the field of financial markets. Johann Kaemingk, CEO of Optiver, presented a cheque for ‘Education and Research in Financial Markets’ to Karel van der Toorn, president of the UvA Executive Board during the symposium Future of making markets on Monday, 16 May 2011.

Building on the tradition of Amsterdam as a major location for financial activities, Optiver wants to boost academic research and education in the field of the functioning of financial markets. This includes issues such as pricing on financial markets, the availability of liquidity, discernible trading strategies, but also (incentives for) product innovations, such as structured finance and variations on derivatives. Research and education in this field takes place in the Finance Group at the UvA’s Faculty of Economics and Business. Optiver's donation will be made through a donor advised fund, which will be managed by the independent foundation Amsterdam University Fund

Van der Toorn is thrilled by Optiver’s contribution: ‘Within the Faculty of Economics and Business, a lot of attention is paid to financial markets. The fund, made possible by Optiver, represents a further deepening of this attention and will ensure that our Finance Group can consolidate and strengthen its international position.’