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Finance Lab

Finance Lab is an online multimedia simulation that transforms trading on the financial markets into an accessible and enjoyable collaborative learning experience.  It enables students to develop essential mathematical techniques and applications, apply their business and economic understanding, and develop their key skills in a collaborative and time-pressured team game.

In the game students work in pairs on two linked screens: one for the Investment Analyst and one for the Media Analyst. Their objective is to increase the value of their team's starting fund by investing in 12 multi-national companies and 3 commodities.

Finance Lab is meaningful and engaging for students, enabling them to demonstrate their understandings, skills and attitudes. It requires the use of high-level thinking skills as players navigate their way through the game.

Students must collaborate to make decisions to deal with the consequences of investments and manage risk within their trading positions, all of which allows them to be absorbed in their own learning and makes for a truly effective learning experience. 

The assessment process will help tutors to gauge how well students have set out their strategic goals and give them observable and demonstrable evidence to suggest learning has taken place.

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Testimonial videos:

Lesley Hyder, Business School Academic Leader
Southampton Solent University

Simon Brown, Business School Director
Southampton Solent University

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"The Investment Challenge just gets better and better each year. The atmosphere in the 'trading room' was electric and the students really got into the spirit of the event.  The School of Management is proud to support this project."

David Pritchard, Dean, Cardiff School of Management

Finance Lab is an excellent exposition of the practical realities of equity market trading.  Specifically it is useful in explaning the information asymmetries around how prices are formed in the equity markets as well as showing how important news items can 'move the market’.

Dr Barry Quinn, Lecturer in Finance & Programme Director MSc Computational Finance and Trading, Queen's University Belfast

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you! The Stock Market Challenge was an absolutely huge success. It has been the talk of the school. All the staff involved were incredibly impressed with the session. More importantly, the kids were totally engaged, even those who may not be when in lessons! The day was a great success." 

Simon Shaw, Teacher, Malmesbury School

"The interactivity and excitement of Trading Floor enabled us to engage with Year 6 pupils from our feeder schools and give them an experience that would help introduce subjects and themes they will explore in Year 7.  The event was a great success."

Rob Wood, Director of Business and Enterprise, The Wellington Academy, Wiltshire

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