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Frequently Asked Questions, Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor Subotnick Financial Services Center

When did the Center open?

Construction concluded in the Spring of 2000. The formal dedication was held on March 28. The Center opened for student use in the Fall of 2000.

Where is the Center located?

The Center is located on the ground floor of 151 E. 25th street. This building also houses the Newman Library and the Baruch Computing and Technology Center.

What kind of equipment (hardware/software) does the Center have?

The Center contains four main areas: The Trading Floor, the Development Classroom, the Research Facility and the Seminar Room.

The Trading Floor contains 42 Dell Precision Workstations running the Windows XP Professional operating system. Real-time data is provided by Reuters using their 3000 Xtra service and Kobra applications suite.

Who is allowed to use the Center?

Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Baruch College are allowed access to the Center.

What do I need to do in order to use the Center?

First, you need to attend a Workshop on the Reuters 3000 Xtra and Kobra services and software. See the Center's Calendar pages for the workshop schedule and to sign up on-line.

Next, when you visit the Center during open lab hours, you will need to bring your Baruch ID card.

I'm a Baruch alumnus. Can I use the Center?

Yes, provided you have a valid Alumni ID card.

How is the Trading Floor used?

The primary use of the Center is to complement existing and special topics courses in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Statistics and other disciplines in the Zicklin School of Business and at Baruch College.

At this time there are no plans for a specific "Trading Floor" or "Wall Street 101" course.

Will there be a degree program specifically in Trading or other financial services?

At this time, there are no plans to offer specific degree programs in financial services (e.g., trading, financial engineering, etc.)

What courses at Baruch incorporate the use of the Center?

Many Economics, Financial, Accounting and CIS undergraduate and graduate courses use the center.

Are there any Continuing Education (non-credit) or Executive Education courses that make use of the Center?

Yes, there are two courses presently offered through the Baruch Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) department.

Will the Center offer any testing or preparation courses (e.g., for Series 7)?

The primary uses of the Center are for MBA and advanced undergraduate courses. There are no plans to offer preparation classes for broker registration exams.

Can I use the Center to day trade or learn how to do day trading?

Use of the Center is presently restricted to academic and research uses. Cell phones and outgoing phone calls are prohibited. Internet access is restricted and monitored to prevent actual trades using on-line brokerages.

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