Our very own Bloomberg Trading room

We are thrilled to announce that our Accountancy, Finance and Economics programmes are soon to have their learning experience enhanced with the opening of our very own Bloomberg Trading Simulation room. Championed by the department’s Deputy Head, Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Mo Sherif, the Trading Room will allow our students to put theory into practice in a real-time environment.

Bloomberg is widely acknowledged as the largest interactive trading platform available in the market and is used by the majority of prominent global finance companies. SoSS Students using our platform will, therefore, replicate the Bloomberg trading rooms of financiers worldwide. Working with a simulated market environment using actual, real-time data, and a variety of functions simulating both trading and non-trading workflows. With these state-of-the-art tools, our students will enrich their research and classwork, with hands-on knowledge of analysing financial markets, assessing economic scenarios and interpreting key news developments that impact the global economy.

Introducing the Trading Room has immense potential for the School and its students.

“Our Bloomberg Trading room is going to be brilliant, we will be able to show and not just tell; it will give us as lecturers the opportunity to bring our textbook theory to life! Moreover, we will be able to provide our excellent students a safe environment to take risks and grow their confidence, and this experience will give them a competitive edge for a career in the financial services.” Dr Mo Sherif

Intertwining practical training of portfolio building with the theoretical knowledge will strengthen students’ capabilities. Having used Bloomberg Terminal during my career in the industry, I would say the opportunity for students to train using such a state-of-the-art system is indeed a superior advantage. The system is designed to allow users to analyse the financial markets from various dimensions. For students aspiring to be in the financial services career, what’s better than having a hands-on experience on THE system! Likewise, for financial and economic researchers, what could be better than a direct access to real-time data at your fingertips! Wahida Mohd Yaakub PhD In Accounting & Finance

The AEF department was ranked No1 in Scotland to study Economics, Accounting and Finance by the Guardian University League tables in 2018, rankings such as these recognise and award excellence in teaching, prospects and facilities. The launch of the Bloomberg Trading Room will give students yet another unique experience over and above the top-ranked teaching they already receive.

The ability to function a terminal after leaving university and beginning a career in the financial service industry; whether it be asset management or custodian banking, is an essential hard skill, that employers demand and is advantageous for the graduate who possesses such a skill.

James Khumalo incoming Director of Avenue Investment Club (AIC) and the President of Heriot-Watt University’s Trading and Investment Club (HWUTIC) for 2018/19.

For more information on studying Accountancy, Economics and Finance at Heriot-Watt see the links below:
Full range of Masters (MSc) programmes in Accounting, Economics and Finance here at Heriot-Watt:
Accountancy Programmes
Finance Programmes
Economics Programmes

Thanks to Takhmina Zharullayeva; Msc International Accounting and Finance, Nivedita(Nivi) MSc Investment Management, Leonardo Keerl MSc Finance and Management, Nazgul Suieumaganbetova MSc Finance and Management, Gabriel MJ Nyanti MSc International Accounting and Finance.

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