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While most of the software products in the MIL are used by industry professionals in the world of finance, many of them are used in other business fields as well, such as Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Accounting, and Management.

The Department of Finance offers several Programs of Study in the areas of Corporate Finance, Risk Management, and Wealth Management. Each software product complements one or several of these areas.

Software Programs of Study
Argus DCF Real Estate, Risk Management; Commercial Banking, Wealth Management
Bloomberg Corporate Finance, Derivatives & Trading, Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Insurance and Risk Management, Financial Engineering, Real Estate, Security Analysis, Wealth Management
Capital IQ Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Portfolio Management, Security Analysis
Oracle Crystal Ball Corporate Finance, Financial Engineering, Portfolio Management, Real Estate, Insurance & Risk Management
FINCAD Analytics Suite Risk Management, Derivatives & Trading; Financial Engineering
Matlab Financial Engineering, Portfolio Management
Moody's Analytics Commercial Banking, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Security Analysis
Morningstar Direct Portfolio Management, Wealth Management, Security Analysis
Rotman Interactive Trader Securities and Commodities Trading, Risk Management
X_TRADER ® Derivatives and Trading


Argus DCF: ARGUS Valuation – DCF is an industry standard commercial real estate cash flow projection, transaction analysis and asset valuation solution.  For over 20 years, Argus DCF has been used globally by real estate appraisers, brokers, developers, managers, investors, lenders, and other real estate professionals. Some of its most prominent client firms are Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, GE Capital, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse. Visit the Argus DCF website for more information.

Bloomberg Professional: Real-time and historical financial news and information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. Visit the Bloomberg website for more information.

Capital IQ is a web- and Excel-based research platform that combines information on companies, securities, and markets worldwide with tools for fundamental analysis, surveillance, and trend analysis, financial modeling, market analysis, screening, and targeting. Capital IQ is deployed at over 4,200 client firms including many of the world's most successful investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, consultants, and corporations. Visit the Capital IQ website for more information.

Crystal Ball: Since 1986, Oracle's Crystal Ball has been providing decision analysis software and solutions that help analysts, managers, engineers, and other professionals to make better business decisions. The software is used by 85% of the Fortune 500. Crystal Ball is a graphically oriented forecasting and risk analysis program that helps deliver better outcomes by defining risk and uncertainty. By applying Monte Carlo techniques, Crystal Ball transforms spreadsheets into dynamic models that address almost any problem involving uncertainty and risk. Visit the Crystal Ball website for more information

FINCAD Analytics Suite: FINCAD has become the industry standard for financial analytics providing derivative analytics tools and services to tens of thousands of financial professionals in more than 4,000 organizations located in over 80 countries around the globe. FINCAD Analytics Suite allows businesses to value and price derivatives, measure counterparty exporsure and risk, perform scenario analysis and stress testing, confirm dealer pricing, calculate value-at-risk (VaR), and mark-to market positions and portfolios.

Matlab is a technical computing software that allows you to solve complex mathematical problems, optimize systems with thousands of variables, and plot statistical, probabilistic and regression models. Matlab is used in a wide range of fields including, finance, economics, biology, and communications. Visit the Matlab website for more information.

The Moody’s KMV RiskCalc and CreditEdge Plus are advanced credit analysis tools. CreditEdge Plus assesses counterparty risk associated with publicly traded companies from around the world. It provides lenders and investors with an objective calculation of a firm's probability of default over a given time period. In addition, the CreditEdge mainframe offers comprehensive portfolio coverage management, historical credit changes, and detailed scenario analysis to determine the credit worthiness of any company or industry in the economy.  RiskCalc enables greater precision and accuracy in evaluating private firm credit risk by combining financial statement and equity market-based information. Visit Credit Edge or visit RiskCalc for more information.

Morningstar Direct is a web-based research platform with global coverage of performance and holdings analysis of mutual funds, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, money market funds, offshore funds, and stocks. Visit the Morningstar Direct website for more information.

Rotman Interactive Trader (RIT) application is an order-driven market simulator (which allows users to transact financial securities with each other on a real-time basis) plus a sequence of RIT cases. Each RIT case focuses on the risks and opportunities associated with particular securities or strategies. The RIT cases are designed to be run iteratively using multiple replications which implement a range of potential scenarios. The same strategy can yield different results depending on the final realization of the scenario. Students learn from the immediate feedback on the success of their strategies and practice until they find a robust strategy that works well across the whole range of potential outcomes. In effect, the RIT cases are designed to apply finance theory in a setting in which students learn how to make good decisions when faced with uncertainty about outcomes. Visit the RIT website for more information

Trading Technologies X_TRADER ® software is an advanced derivative trading platform. Traders can participate in multiple markets from one fully-customizable screen with superior speed, stability and accuracy. Single-click order execution with the patented MD Trader® ladder coupled with tools for automated trading (ADL™, a visual programming platform for designing, testing and deploying automated trading programs) and charting (X_STUDY®, TT’s charting and analytic product)  make X_TRADER® the preferred tool for professional traders. TT SIM™, TT’s next-generation trading simulator, allows traders to test strategies against live market prices via a simulated matching engine.   Visit the X_TRADER website for more information.

The Market Information Lab also offers access to Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). WRDS provides instant access to important databases in the fields of finance, accounting, banking, economics, management, marketing and public policy. Visit the WRDS website for more information.

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