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Chapman's Argyros School opens new financial center

The Janes Financial Center features terminals for real-time investing and portfolio management

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: January 28, 2013 02:45 PM

A student uses a Bloomberg terminal
during a class
Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics is preparing to open the doors of its new “trading floor.” Equipped with twelve Bloomberg terminals, the Jane Financial Center allows students and staff with real-time financial and investment data.

The Center’s official opening itself takes place Feb. 5, and will include a keynote from William Thompson, the retired CEO of PIMCO, one of the largest investment management firms in the world. Located in Beckman Hall, the Center features an interactive market wall equipped with large LCD screens displaying market data, video and customized information, and 75 feet of full-color LED stock tickers wrapping around its exterior.

“The Financial Center will support our undergraduate and graduate programs, principally in finance,” said Argyros School Dean Reggie Gilyard. “Our portfolio management course, which is the vehicle for managing our $1 million plus portfolio, will hold all its class sessions in the Center.  We envision our investments courses to also make frequent use of the facility.”

The Center is comprised of a main instructional facility, which is equipped with the industry-standard Bloomberg terminals that provide detailed financial data, and a conference room, which will be used as a classroom. The Center will provide classes on investments and portfolio management, as well as lab sessions for students in the Argyros School’s student-run investment fund.

Jack Broughton, past director of Chapman’s Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance, said that when planning the Center, administrators determined that providing students with access to Bloomberg terminals was essential.

“These are used throughout the equity, fixed income, commodity and real estate sectors by analysts and portfolio managers, as well as by corporate financial managers,” Broughton said. “Graduates of the Argyros School who have experience with Bloomberg terminals will enjoy a significant advantage in the job market because they will be able to make immediate contributions to employers.”

Funding for the center came from the earnings of the school’s Student Managed Investment Fund and a generous gift from David A. Janes.

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