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Program Aims to Educate Students on Trading and Risk Management

Colleges and universities have a new way to prepare students for jobs in the capital markets.

Trading Technologies International (TT), developer of X-Trader software, offers a program -- called University Program -- in which it donates its X-Trader software and APIs to institutions for use in their business, financial engineering, math and computer science programs. Students use the tools, in their coursework and in on-campus trading labs, to gain practical experience with trading and risk management. Guest lecturers from TT visit participating campuses to deliver presentations to students.

More than 50 institutions are currently participating in the program, including "The Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Tulane University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Denver, University of Illinois and University of Virginia," according to the company. Educators use the software to teach everything from market principles to the fundamentals of market microstructure to automation and visual programming.

"Finance students need to understand automation," said Ben Van Vliet, assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He uses TT's visual programming solution, Algo Design Lab, in his classes. "That is what the industry demands. I've always felt that TT software is the best way to teach both an understanding of market microstructure and how to turn a trading idea into a working trading system. It turns out a new source of competitive advantage in automated financial markets is the process of design, development and testing of automated strategies.”

Colleges and universities interested in learning more or participating in the program can find additional information at the company's web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at

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