The Hughey Center for Financial Services (HCFS), named in honor of Bentley College alumnus David A. Hughey ’55 (retired Executive Vice President of Dean Witter Intercapital), was established in 1997. The HCFS has earned global recognition as a leading academic technology center, and has been featured on Bloomberg Radio, Fox 25 News, Boston Globe, USA Today, Mass High Tech, MetroWest Daily News, Daily News Tribune, Securities Industries News, Trader, Waters Magazine, Channel 5 Boston, Boston Business Journal, Computer Reseller News, Boston Herald, The Times, Financial Trader, British Telecom Press Release, Matlab, Thomson Reuters and CNBC.
A Message from Our Founder
The knowledge of the global capital markets is essential for anyone to understand how businesses, government, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors interact. Innovations in technology, computing power, instant transmission of news, cross-border financial markets integration, the introduction of complex financial instruments, and geopolitical risk have increased the global capital markets’ complexity. Rapidly evolving economic and political changes influence our perception and attitude towards risk and opportunities, subsequently affecting the valuation of stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and derivatives. To make informed decisions about savings and investments, everyone needs to understand how the capital market functions. For anyone interested in a career in the finance industry, a deeper understanding of economic theories and practice is essential.
Bentley University’s Trading Room is an integral part of our innovative curriculum in finance and related fields to educate our students on cutting-edge education on capital markets. It symbolizes the university's leadership in the integration of technology across the curriculum. The Trading Room recreates an environment to help professors with industry experience integrate information technology with financial instruments valuation. Students participate in interactive valuation exercises using real-time and historical data delivered on industry-standard valuation platforms such as Bloomberg, FactSet, Capital IQ, and Morningstar Direct. Our approach has significantly contributed to the outstanding placement record for our students after graduation. We also offer summer camps for high school students and provide corporate training for junior analysts.
Since its inauguration in 1997 by Mr. Peter S. Lynch, the legendary portfolio manager from Fidelity, the Trading Room continues to make analytical exercises come alive by combining lectures, valuation exercises, and data analysis.
Gibbons Research Professor of Finance
Founding Director, the Hughey Center for Financial Services/Trading Room
Message from the Dean of Business
Today’s capital markets represent a complex web where real-time news, government policies, corporate decisions, and investor psychology affect securities prices. Navigating this volatile market requires a solid understanding of both theory and practice. Bentley University’s Trading Room is an internationally recognized facility that offers an innovative curriculum in finance and related fields to educate our students on cutting-edge capital markets concepts. It reflects the university's leadership in integrating technology across the curriculum. In the Trading Room, students participate in interactive valuation exercises using real-time, delayed, and historical data delivered on industrial-standard valuation platforms such as Bloomberg, FactSet, Capital IQ, and Morningstar Direct. Led by our teacher-scholar faculty, the Trading Room allows students to connect theory and practice to get an unprecedented and immersive view of the global capital markets. Our approach has significantly contributed to the outstanding placement record for our students after graduation. In addition, we also offer the Wall Street 101, a globally recognized summer camp for high school students and also provide corporate training for financial analysts.
Sanjay Putrevu, Ph.D.
Robert and Julia Dorn Research Professor
Dean of Business
A Message from Undergraduate Admissions
At Bentley, we believe your education, just like the business world, is built on technology. The Trading Room at Bentley University is one of “high tech labs” on campus that has provided great benefit to current students and we have seen how prospective students are impressed with the ability to master technology through hands on learning. Students become fluent in today’s latest hardware and software and are ahead of peers when they enter the job market. They have large amounts of data available to them through the Bloomberg terminals and great exposure to real-time financial market activity. The facility also functions as a classroom and students have access to Bloomberg certification. Another great feature of the Trading Room is that the Bentley Investment Student Group is able to utilize the space to look at stocks, valuation and indices, commodities and engage in real-live investment with real funds. The Trading Room at Bentley is able to enhance the student’s education with great experiential learning.
Director, Undergraduate Admission