In January, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey School of Business began offering traditional portfolio management and finance classes in a very nontraditional setting – a simulated Wall Street-like trading floor. … The university’s intent is for upper-level economic, international business, accounting and finance students to use the room for hands-on experience. Gonas says other business students will have access to the room, provided classes are no larger than 15 students. “We’ll be simulating what professional asset managers and analysts do while enhancing our student’s education and resumes,” he says.
Al Smith, managing director of Nashville-based Morris & Smith Wealth Management, says he wishes he had that sort of experience when he was in college. Theory works well in the class room, but putting those lessons to work in real time in a realistic setting should give those students a leg up on their future competition. “I think it will give Belmont’s graduates a competitive edge,” Smith says. – Read the whole story online at the Nashville Business Journal’s website.