Capital Markets LabFinancial Software

The Bloomberg terminal is a database that enables professionals in the finance sector to access real-time market information from almost anywhere in the world. It has various capabilities such as access to live news updates, information on publicly-traded equities, fixed income data, derivatives, and foreign exchange. This Windows-based application was constructed to be compatible with Excel, which is a key component in the finance industry. Bloomberg exposes FIU students to the most widely used tool for real-time financial data.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

Students have free access to Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), an 8-hour, self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets. Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities make up the four BMC modules. The content for the video modules is gathered from Bloomberg data, live news, and analytics. BMC provides students with knowledge of the economy and Bloomberg functions to quickly and efficiently maneuver through the terminal. To use a Bloomberg terminal FIU students can refer to the schedule tab to check for available lab hours.

ThinkOrSwim Desktop is a feature-rich, downloadable trading platform.  Acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2009, ToS Desktop is used for monitoring, analyzing and trading equities, derivatives, and FOREX. The components include technical studies, portfolio management, and live CNBC news, as well as other additional features. It may be run using either a “paper” money account or a “real” money account on real-time data. 

In the paperMoney mode, every user is provided with a virtual account funded with $100,000 which may be used to invest or to trade with any strategy at the user’s discretion and may be reset/adjusted at any time. Registering with ToS is free of charge and available to download from any desktop with at least 1GB of Ram, a 2.0 GHz processor, and an internet connection.

ToS Desktop provides a variety of technical studies including different types of leading and lagging indicators and oscillators. The portfolio management component consists of watch lists, fundamental data, and a range of securities and derivatives to trade for diversification. This trading platform also includes a live CNBC news characteristic to further enhance your trading capabilities and information aggregation. Additionally, a mobile application is available for iPhones, Blackberries, and Nokia phones.

Rotman Interactive Trader (RIT) is an application that simulates a stock exchange and allows users to transact financial securities with each other on a real-time basis. The user-friendly and transparent interface has been designed specifically to facilitate the learning experience. Users will be able to see each step of transaction process occur as they submit their orders to the market and trade with one another.

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