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Presentation of the Finance certificate


This certificate is reserved for ESSEC BBA students who registered for the SimTrade course.

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How to register to the certificate

In order to register to the certificate, you need to create an account on SimTrade with your ESSEC e-mail address with the format B0...@essec.edu.

Objectives of the certificate

The Finance certificate is composed of courses, simulations, contests and case studies around the theme of "Markets & Firms". It gives you a pedagogical and playful approach to understand how financial markets works and how firms are valued.

At the end of the certifcate, each participant should master the following points:

  • Explain how the market works: limit order book, prices and transaction volumes

  • Send orders to the market

  • Choose the type of order (market order, limit order, etc.)

  • Analyse the impact of events on stock prices

  • Understand firm valuation

  • Appreciate the degree of market efficiency

  • Practice some market activities: build a position, liquidate a position and make the market.

Pedagogical dynamics

This certificate gives you great freedom to learn: you can start with theory in courses or with practice in simulations and simtrading contests.

The certificate starts on Friday 01 March 2019 and finishes on Friday 31 May 2019.

The content of the certificate will be put on-line progressively according to the following schedule:

  • Period 1: trading plateform and orders

  • Period 2: information in financial markets

  • Period 3: market activities

  • Period 4: experiment in behavioral finance.

An in-real-life exam (MCQ test) will be organized on ESSEC campus in Cergy at the end of the course.


The courses, simulations, contests and case studies of this certifcate covers the following topics:

  • Market micro-structure with a limit order book

  • The passage and execution of orders

  • The different types of orders

  • Analysis of information

  • Market efficiency

  • Firm valuation

  • Market activities.

Soft skills

Beyond theory and practice in finance, you will improve the following soft skills:

  • To make decisions under risky and uncertain conditions and under stress

  • To deal with the complexity of information about firms and markets

  • To develop autonomy and to reinforce self-confidence.

This course is also an excellent opportunity to invest in your own mental software to optimize your learning process.

Terms of the certificate

The certificate includes individual on-line work: take courses, launch simulations, participation to simtrading contests and case studies.

  • With courses, you will access to knowledge validated by on-line MCQ tests and a final physical MCQ test at the end of the SimTrade course.

  • With simulations, you will acquire skills evaluated on the basis of your market activity.

  • With simtrading contests, you will have the opportunity to show both your knowledge and skills in finance.

  • With case studies, you will make the link between the world of financial markets and the real world of firms.

You will interact with other participants and the pedagogical team through case studies (peer grading) and discussions forum to ask questions and leave comments.

A full ATAWADAC experience

The SimTrade certificate offers a full ATAWADAC experience:

  • Any Time (AT): you can work on the SimTrade certificate whenever you like. The market simulation platform is especially available 24/7.

  • AnyWhere (AW): you can access the SimTrade application wherever you are as long as you have an internet connexion.

  • Any Device (AD): the SimTrade application is compatible with Mac or PC and every size of screen ranging from X large trader screen to tiny mobile phone.

  • Any Content (AC): the SimTrade certificate offers well-established content including on-line courses, market simulations and simtrading contests. Through case studies and discussions, it also provide interactive user-generated content.

Training time

The time to spend on-line on the certificate (courses, simulations, contests and case studies) is estimated to 25 hours.

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About the author of the certificate

Professor Franois Longin
ESSEC Business School

« The ambition of this certificate is to give you the first tools to act in financial markets and to understand how firms are valued. »

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