On March 22nd, 2022, the team of Stevens & Boutilier traveled to New York City in Times Square to participate in the ringing of the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell Ceremony.
It’s not everyday you're invited to close the bell of the NASDAQ stock market. Blackrock, an investment company that we do business with, was celebrating a new model they created and registered with NASDAQ. They were kind enough to invite us to join them.
As a 22-year-old, who just got started in the business less than a year ago, this was an unreal experience and still can’t believe I was able to attend this event. I don’t want to say I felt out of place, but with a number of executives and TV hosts walking around the building, it was definitely something I never thought I'd get the chance to experience.
Everyone in attendance was super excited and very friendly to have us there. Not so much the case when you walk out the building and around Time Square… You can never walk around NYC without seeing something you don’t see every day, what else would you expect. Although, I did learn if you walk through NYC in a suit, less people will bother you.
Not only did we get the opportunity to talk to many portfolio managers & executives at Blackrock, but we also got to experience what it was like to be apart of the NASDAQ family, as we toured the building, held a quick meeting in their conference room, and even got to join Blackrock on stage for the Closing Bell Ceremony, which felt even better knowing the NASDAQ was up almost 2% that day! Once the ceremony was over, markets had been closed, & all pictures were taken, we all reconvened back to the room where we started for happy hour.
Special Thanks to Blackrock for allowing the team & I to attend this amazing event.
Blackrock, Stevens & Boutilier and LPL Financial are separate entities.