Finance Trading Lab

Welcome to the Jindal School’s Finance Trading Lab
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The Naveen Jindal School of Management Finance Trading Lab has two major roles: It provides students with the opportunity to develop financial trading skills, and it provides students and faculty with access to various electronic business databases. Databases currently available include Bloomberg, S&P Capital IQ, SDC Platinum, Morningstar Direct and Wharton Research Data Services.

The mission of the Finance Trading Lab is to:

The lab also provides help for students with the material covered in introductory finance courses, Business Finance (FIN 3320) and Financial Management (FIN 6301). While the lab staff can help students with learning the material, staff members are not permitted to provide students with answers to graded homework or take-home tests.

Academic activities supported by the lab include, but are not limited to, classroom instruction, video conferences, special presentation/events, data-feed workshops and simulation trading games. A focal point for finance programs at the master’s and undergraduate levels, the lab also serves as a test bed for the creation of innovative teaching techniques for all levels of education.

Finance Trading Lab

Software and Technology

While in the lab students will have access to:

  • Two video data walls
  • Thomson Reuters Eikon financial analysis
  • Bloomberg professional terminals
  • Live television feeds

Through the finance Trading Lab, UT Dallas provides students with access to superior collections and applications of data feeds and analytical tools. A description of each application follows:


Thomson Reuters Eikon provides easy access to real-world tools and content that drive thousands of financial decision every day. From the course room to the boardroom, from the library to the trading floor, Thomson Reuters wants to help you accelerate financial learners into financial leaders. You know us by names like DataStream, I/B/E/S, Starmine, SDC Platinum, Worldscope, Reuters News, and now Eikon. You trust us for economic research, historical financial data across all asset classes, news and analytics.

Students can stream data on 15 computers in the lab. Eikon lets you connect and collaborate with industry’s largest instant messaging and chat network while providing you In-product training resources at your fingertips. Find what you need with highly relevant results from multiple sources instantly and integrate the content in Excel, word and PowerPoint. Result is comprehensive financial analysis, with more opportunities to make crucial decisions with confidence.


Bloomberg is a comprehensive, online service for global financial information that includes: company information (stock performance, news, balance sheets, historical data, officers, evaluations and more); information on U.S. and foreign markets; extensive sets of data and statistics on industries, companies, key personnel and more; numerous options for analyzing and graphing data; country monitors, economic calendars and currency news; and news services (general, markets, economics, special reports).

Bloomberg has one of the most extensive databases of information available in the financial world. Bloomberg’s built-in screening, searching and analysis tools allow for extensive data retrieval, interpretation and manipulation. Information on every financial market, instrument and variable in the world is at your fingertips. Bloomberg’s international information coverage is also wide-ranging, with news and economic information on every country available both in real-time and historically. Advanced bond screening, custom option monitoring, portfolio tracking, Excel data exportation, technical analysis, FX cross-rates, industry tracking, global economic statistics, relative company analysis; these are a handful of the hundreds of integrated Bloomberg functions designed to allow the end user near infinite information access and ability.

S&P Capital IQ

S&P Capital IQ platform is a Web and Excel-based research product that combines deep information on companies, markets and people worldwide with robust tools for fundamental analysis, idea generation and workflow management. S&P Capital IQ is deployed at more than 2,700 leading investment banks, fund managers, private capital firms and corporations worldwide.

Morningstar Direct

Morningstar Direct provides students with a basic understanding of the software’s functionality. Morningstar provides detailed information on more than 20,000 mutual funds, equities, ETFs and hedge funds, including historical data (monthly, quarterly and annual), fund composition, portfolio screening, risk-adjusted star ratings, investment style boxes, and analyst reviews and commentaries. Morningstar also offers the ability to rank and compare funds, perform advanced analysis for research purposes, and construct and analyze mutual fund portfolios.

Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the loss of privileges in the Finance Trading Lab:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in the lab.
  • Do not place your feet on the furniture or lab equipment.
  • Do not leave personal trash and garbage in the lab.
  • Do not interrupt a class to use the data feeds.
  • Do not tamper with or harm any computer or other piece of lab equipment.
  • Do not install additional software on any lab computer at any time.
  • When a class is in session, only students in that class may use the facility.

Anyone aware of any of the above infractions must report the behavior to the lab staff immediately. Failure to do so will be viewed as a violation of Lab Use Policies.


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Lab Hours

Trading Lab (JSOM 11.101) Hours

  • Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tutoring Lab (JSOM 12.101) Hours

  • Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When the Tutoring Lab is not open, tutoring is available in the Trading Lab.


Dr. Arthur Selender is a clinical professor at UT Dallas and is the director of the Finance Trading Lab. He has sold, traded and/or managed money globally for more than 25 years. Dr. Selender has a PhD in finance, with a focus on options, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics economics and chemistry from Duke University. He has worked for international firms; including McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and NatWest Markets, where he ran Global Derivatives/Exotic Options Sales. He also serves on/advises several boards in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom.

Teaching Assistants

Bing Du is pursuing a master’s degree in finance. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Level 3 candidate. Bing has experience in financial analysis, business valuation, equity research, and internal and external auditing.

Shalabh Fnu is pursuing a master’s degree in finance. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Jindal Global Business School in India. Shalabh worked for Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited, an Indian insurance company.

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Rennan He is pursuing a master’s degree in finance with a concentration in financial analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma. Rennan worked at the China Industrial Bank.

Fangyuan Liu is pursuing a master’s degree in finance. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Washington State University. Fangyuan worked at the China Construction Bank.

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Ning Ma is pursuing a master’s degree in finance and has been rewarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from China Agricultural University. She has interned in the China Construction Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Christopher McAllister is pursuing a master’s degree in finance with a concentration in investment management. He is a member of the Financial Leadership Association, JSOM Friday Toastmasters, and the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth. He has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Lamar University.

Patrick Niyibizi is pursuing a master’s degree in finance. He holds a BS degree in accounting and finance from Saint John’s University. He has experience working in the mortgage industry and as a consultant in international development.

Rashad Sadigov is a graduate student majoring in business analytics with a finance track. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the Azerbaijani State University of Economics. He also holds an MBA in Finance degree from Kennesaw State University. He worked for the Baku Stock Exchange and the Gazakh Cement Plant LLC as finance director before coming to the U.S.

Mahtab (Matti) Sobhani is pursuing her MS in Finance degree. She holds an undergraduate degree in finance and economics from UT Dallas. She has two years of experience working as a course instructor.

Yenassonguiyeta Soro

Yenassonguiyeta Soro is pursuing a master’s degree in finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UT Dallas and an associate’s degree in business administration from Richland Community College. He has two years’ experience working as a student assistant at Richland Community College’s TRiO Student Support Services. He is a member of the Financial Leadership Association and Delta Epsilon Iota.

Shihuang Sun is pursuing dual master’s degrees in finance and in information technology management. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business from NEOMA Business School in France. She interned at Haynes and Boone, LLP, in spring 2015 and worked at HSBC China in the Home Mortgage Loan Service before coming to the U.S.

Xiaoting (Jovi) Wang is a second-year graduate student in finance. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business from Guangdong (China) University of Foreign Studies. She is the competition director of the Financial Leadership Association. Jovi interned in the Engvest Commercial Real Estate Investment Company and China Foreign Trade Center. She is pursuing a career in real estate and the energy industry.

Rui Yang is pursuing her master’s degree in finance and has a bachelor’s degree in financial engineering from Tianjin (China) University of Science and Technology. Rui serves as the photographer of the Financial Leadership Association. Rui has interned as a financial customer representative in the insurance industry.