A Competition Like No Other

Imagine the excitement of a trading floor just as the markets open. Traders gather around terminals, laying out strategy, reacting to news and shouting instructions as they take positions on various stocks. And all around them, high-tech terminals provide a steady stream of market data as it happens, informing decisions and inspiring rapid-fire dealmaking.

If you’re a high school student attending the annual Trading Day at Stevens, imagination is not required. This competition is unique for the emphasis the university puts on creating an authentic trading experience that’s right at home across the river on Wall Street. Working in teams, students use Bloomberg terminals to access market data and trade their way to the top as they compete against dozens of other schools.

But that’s not all. In addition to taking the technology for a test drive, participants get a chance to network with industry professionals — a common sight for Stevens students, who are used to enjoying such proximity to Manhattan, but a treat for high school students, who get a chance to ask executives all kinds of questions about their backgrounds and job duties, and seek advice as they prepare for college and careers.

What they say about Trading Day

“The second we sat in those seats, we felt such an adrenaline rush. This is just what it’s like in the real world, with all the tools we’ll be using when we’re working.”
Kishan Patel, student, Jonathan Dayton High School

“It’s a great experience for the students to get a real hands-on taste of the equipment used on Wall Street. In our competitions, we use MarketWire data, which can’t come close to what they’re using here.”
Tanja Grandov, faculty adviser, Ridgefield Park High School

That trading room blows away the trading room they had at my school. And the proximity to the city is incredible. When you’ve got the sort of technology and experience that you do here, I’d imagine Stevens is as competitive, if not more so, than other business schools out there.”
Brian Badillo, vice president of business development, Worry Free Labs

“Look at these kids. They’re literally chomping at the bit, ready to get started. The competition is something they thoroughly prepare for, and this just makes the day that much more exciting.”
Nancy Ostrowski, FBLA state adviser

Taking top honors

At Trading Day 2014, students got a taste of how high-performance software can make all the difference in a trading competition. Full story.