Applied Finance Lab

Finance lab

Villanova University’s Applied Finance Lab is a state-of-the art financial research and teaching center that creates a dynamic bridge between financial theory and business practice. The lab truly emulates the Wall Street experience by being a simulated trading room, and provides students with hands-on access to the same data used by Wall Street traders.

Software available to Villanova faculty and students:

The Lab is designed to offer students the same equipment and real-time resources available to Wall Street traders: 

  • Bloomberg–24 terminals with mandated Bloomberg certification
  • TraderEx–Baruch College Trading Simulation
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

• Audit/Analytics
• Bank Regulatory
• Blockholders 
• CBOE Indexes
• DMEF Academic Data
• Dow Jones
• Fama French & Liquidity Factors
• Federal Reserve Bank
• IHS Global Insight
• Lipper Hedge Fund Database (TASS)

• Markit
• OTC Markets
• Penn World Tables
• Public
• SEC Order Execution
• Thomson Reuters (13f)
• WRDS Event Study Suite
• WRDS SEC Analytics Suite
• Zacks

  • SDC Platinum (M&A/New Issues)
  • ARGUS Enterprise
  • FactSet
  • Morningstar Direct
  • SNL Financial
  • IW Financial

Freshmen Bloomberg Certification Information:

From the moment the freshmen in the Villanova School of Business step on campus, they will be exposed to the financial world and our Finance Lab. A requirement of their Information Technology course is to obtain certification in Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)—a comprehensive certification that introduces the financial markets, covering the following topics: fixed income, economic indicators, currencies and equities. This practical knowledge is crucial, especially for financial firms looking to hire Villanovans upon graduation. This certification requirement is not only a great introduction to finance, but exposes students to the Bloomberg terminals, which are used every day by financial professionals around the globe.

Student Managed Funds

Student Managed Funds at Villanova University began in 2004 with one fund of $100,000, and now consists of seven funds, totaling over $1 million in value. Funds have been provided by generous donations from various alumni and faculty of Villanova. Managing actual funds provides students with real-world investment management experience. Learn more about the three groups at Villanova that manage these funds below:

About the Lab



Reserve the Finance Lab

Villanova professors and staff can reserve the room for classes, lectures or meetings.

Employment Opportunity

Villanova sophomores and juniors interested in part-time internship experience can work in the lab.