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)

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

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

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Kimberly Kane

Manager, Recruitment
Master of Science in Finance Program