The primary goal of the James Riley Jr. Trading Room is to incorporate it into our courses so that students are well versed with new technology and methods of sophisticated financial research. In fact, students who take Seminar in Finance manage a Student Investment Fund that was started in 2008 with funding from James Riley Jr., retired Goldman Sachs & Co. managing partner and benefactor of Adelphi University. This fund, which is now part of the University endowment, provides real-world investing experience. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member during Seminar in Finance and make investment recommendations to a committee of senior administrators and faculty members. The course is offered in both fall and spring semesters.
The James Riley Jr. Trading Room is equipped with several Bloomberg Terminals, two ticker screens, and two high-definition TVs that bring the latest developments in the financial world to students’ and faculty’ fingertips. The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business is one of only a few schools on Long Island to offer this type of facility to its student body.
As the student-managed Investment Fund grows, and as more and more students and faculty become experienced in the use of the Bloomberg Terminals, we see a time when our Trading Room becomes a vital communication and research resource in connection with the greater world in the financial services industry.
What do our students and faculty members have to say?
“At times, I catch myself spending hours behind the terminal because it’s easy to get caught up in something that you enjoy doing.”
B.S. in Finance ’11, M.B.A. ’12
“Unlike case studies and textbook learning, these terminals give students a wealth of information at their fingertips, which enables them to learn in real time.”
B.A. in Economics ’09, M.B.A. ’10
”The Trading Room will become a gathering place where faculty, staff, and students will convene to do work and research on the Bloomberg machines and will encourage exchanges of thoughts and ideas about many different areas of interest from sports to markets to dining spots to plane reservations!”
Professor Michael J. Driscoll
Securities Markets (FIN 150)
International Financial Management (FIN 743)
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“The breadth and depth of the information and analytical tools available in the Trading Room will help students and faculty of Adelphi stay on the leading edge of financial markets theory and practice.”
Professor Robert Goldberg
Seminar in Finance (FIN 412)
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