Having a real-time stock ticker in a finance lab gives students the Wall Street atmosphere they will one day see on a daily basis, and shows potential students that your school is series about giving the real life training that they will need to succeed in their careers. Of the 367 labs we have confirmed 294 of them (80%) utilize a Stock Ticker Display. The average Trading Room Ticker is 38 feet long with the shortest we identified being 5 feet long and the longest being 273 feet.
Here are the 5 longest university trading room tickers:
- University of Virginia = 273 feet (this crosses between 2 labs)
- Temple University = 178 feet
- Winthrop University = 166 feet (this is split between the lab and the hallway)
- University of South Carolina = 154 feet
- Southern Methodist University 136 feet
We also analyzed the investment in display technology by business schools (note this does NOT include AV equipment like projectors). Starting a lab can be done on any budget; across roughly 200 projects the average spend was just over $70,000 with the largest purchase being $335,000 and the smallest being $4,000. At a minimum this is the equipment you need to get started:
- Computer lab with up-to-date hardware and large (or dual) monitors
- Simulation software
- LED ticker
- Flat screen TV or two
- Access to some market data feeds and news
If you are looking for inspiration on how-to incorporate a Real-time Stock Ticker into your trading room, check out our Photo Gallery, which has nearly 1000 photos of tickers in a wide range of settings. If you want to learn more about finance labs and some of the metrics and stats behind them check out this infographic.