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The Deree – ACG Simulated Trading Room

Where high-end technology meets a real-world trading experience

In 2007, a trading microstructure workshop at Baruch College, City University of New York served as an inspiration and model for the construction of a simulated trading room on ACG campus. Ten years later, a state-of-the-art trading room unique in its kind in the region of Southeastern Europe comes to life, true to ACG’s vision to provide transformative education to its students and to help reinvigorate Greece through education and knowledge.

Behind this project are the combined efforts of several ACG constituents, Faculty and Administration, supported by the significant funding of USAID making this vision a reality.

A unique training and research opportunity

The ACG Simulated Trading Room is built to offer its students a real-world trading experience. This state-of-the-art trading room, that will be operating both as a classroom and a laboratory as of Spring 2018, is expected to broaden students’ knowledge of financial services, encourage and enhance student and faculty research output, increase employability of ACG graduates, as well as promote awareness of the global financial markets in Southeastern Europe. The ACG Simulated Trading Room aims to provide students with unique training in Greece and a competitive edge in the domestic and international job market.

Establishing ACG as a leading technological hub                 

Besides serving teaching and research purposes, the ACG Simulated Trading Room will further enhance the academic reputation of the American College of Greece by establishing it as a highly sophisticated technological hub. Moreover, it is expected to attract highly qualified faculty, alumni, and donors, and to become involved in collaborations with firms and other academic institutions. Overall, the Simulated Trading Floor provides a real sense of technological sophistication, bringing financial markets to the students’ fingertips through cutting-edge software and hardware.

The technology

Recreating a professional financial environment, the ACG Simulated Trading Room is supported by the latest trends in technology featuring:

  • 25 PC stations with dual monitors
  • 2 Interactive Ultra short throw projectors
  • Instructor document camera
  • High definition PTZ conference camera
  • Satellite TV
  • 4 (65”) TVs
  • Integrated sound system with wireless instructor microphone
  • 27 feet Full Color LED Ticker display with access to stock information
  • Full high speed wireless connectivity
  • Video conferencing

The Simulated Trading Room will also operate a number of software programs, among which:

  • Bloomberg
  • Thomson Reuters EIKON database (formerly Datastream)
  • NASDAQ Morning Star
  • TRADEREX (or other trading-for-educational purposes platform)
  • Palisade
  • Rotman
  • STATA
  • SPSS
  • Matlab
  • Eviews