Financial Economics Institute

Founded in 2004, The Financial Economics Institute (FEI) provides opportunities for students interested in finance and related areas to develop research skills and engage with both academics studying finance and practitioners working in the world of finance. Students can work closely with finance and economics faculty as well as assist FEI staff with general operations.

The FEI offers CMC students a rigorous educational opportunity that is distinguished by both its liberal arts emphasis and quantitative orientation.

In conjunction with CMC’s Financial Economics Sequence, the FEI has been highly effective at promoting student opportunities to learn about finance, develop the skills necessary for success, and make connections both inside and outside academia.

Current Events

FEB 16, 2024

20th Anniversary Celebration

The Financial Economics Institute (FEI) at CMC will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary, along with the 50th Anniversary of the Student Investment Fund (SIF), on Feb 16th, 2024. Please mark your calendars and come visit us in Claremont for a day of celebrations, reconnecting with fellow alumni, and meeting with the current students and faculty.

Please register here or view our page for more information.


NOV 14, 2023

AthDocs: This Is Not Financial Advice

Chris Temple ’12 and Zach Ingrasci ’12, directors
David Bjerk, discussant

Chris Temple ’12 and Zach Ingrasci ’12 created their first award-winning documentary in their dorm room at CMC. The film, Living on One Dollar, became a global phenomenon on Netflix and helped launch their non-profit production studio Optimist. Since then, the duo has created over 15 films that have been released globally by Netflix, HBO, PBS and The Atlantic and have helped raise over $92.5 million for charitable causes.

For their newest film, This Is Not Financial Advice, they spent the last few years exploring the risks and rewards of financial markets through expert commentary and the anxiety-inducing stories of new investors trying to make millions overnight. Coming off its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, the film was called a “thought-provoking masterpiece” by the Washington Post. The film follows Glauber “Pro” Contessoto—an immigrant working multiple jobs and living in a 220-square-foot apartment—who gambles his life savings on a joke cryptocurrency. Two months later, he becomes “The Dogecoin Millionaire” and a hero to his growing YouTube following. It’s easy to get rich online. But as Pro will soon discover, it’s even easier to lose it all.

We hope you’ll join us for an exclusive screening of the film before its global release in early 2024.

After the film screening, we will hold a discussion and Q&A with both directors, who will be joined by CMC’s own David Bjerk, the Russell S. Bock Professor of Public Economics and Taxation, and Chair of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.