The Financial Trading and Technology Center is a state-of-the-art trading, research and teaching facility in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Its mission is to:
- Assist students, faculty, executives and the community to better understand the growing flow of financial data and to manage the impact of that flow on financial markets.
- Enable center users to participate in the development of new applications of information technology to finance.
- Provide technology resources and technical support for the AIM Investment Center, the Center for Energy Finance, Education and Research, The Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance, and the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.
Success in our mission depends on providing state-of-the-art facilities, access to current financial data, and accessibility and support for those who use the Center.
A portion of the Center is home to the MBA Investment Fund. The fund is the first legally constituted, private investment company managed by students and was created to enable MBA students at McCombs to obtain real-world experience in managing investment portfolios and in developing relationships with clients.
Teaching & Research
Academic activities supported by the Center included classroom instruction, video conferences, special presentation/events, data-feed workshops and simulation trading games. A focal point for finance programs at both the MBA and undergraduate level, the Center also serves as a laboratory for the creation of innovative teaching techniques applied to all levels of education.
Cutting-edge audio-visual and distance learning systems are integrated into the three-room, 3,000 square-foot complex. Faculty and students have access to real-time data feeds from leading providers of financial information: Bloomberg, FactSet, Morningstar and Argus. These data flows can be used by undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of classes ranging from finance classes on portfolio management to information impact management courses on the financial applications of information technology. The Center also supports teaching, research and community outreach programs.