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Experiments in financial markets

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Presentation of the workshop


This SimTrade Workshop led by Prof. Zicari is reserved for ESSEC students and ESSEC Executive participants.

How to register to the SimTrade Workshop

In order to register to the SimTrade Workshop, you need to create an account on SimTrade with your ESSEC e-mail address with the format

Objective of the SimTrade Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to introduce you to financial markets.

The workshop gives you a pedagogical and playful approach to understand the behavior of financial markets.

Different aspects of the behavior of financial markets are studied:

  • The randomness of stock market prices

  • The analysis of the news flow

  • The expectations of market participants.

Simulation-based experience

One of the features of SimTrade is the use of on-line simulations in which you can act as a trader in financial markets. Simulations place participants right in the mix of realistic market scenarios where you can practice applying concepts, theories, and frameworks to accomplish successful market outcomes.

From a pedagogical point of view, this learning experience is designed to help you:

  • Become more engaged and motivated to learn

  • Deepen your understanding of learning objectives

  • Develop confidence in your decision making and critical thinking skills.

Pedagogical dynamics

This SimTrade Workshop gives you great freedom to learn: you can start with theory in courses or with practice in simulations.


The courses and simulations of this SimTrade Workshop cover the following topics:

  • Organization of financial markets

  • Evolution of stock market prices

  • Market efficiency

  • News and market expectation.

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.


The SimTrade Workshop includes individual on-line work: take courses, launch simulations.

  • With courses, you will access to knowledge validated by on-line MCQ tests.

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

You will interact with other participants and the pedagogical team through the discussions forum to ask questions and leave comments.

A full ATAWADAC experience

The SimTrade Workshop offers a full ATAWADAC experience:

  • Any Time (AT): you can work on the SimTrade Workshop 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 connection.

  • 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 Workshop offers well-established content including on-line courses and market simulations. Through case studies and discussions, it also provides interactive user-generated content.

Training time

The time to spend on the SimTrade Workshop (courses and simulations) is estimated to 5 hours.

SimTrade blog: complement to the workshop

The SimTrade blog is a complement to the application. The articles which were primarily written by former participants cover a variety of financial topics:

      Professional experience

      Jobs in the financial sector

      Movies and documentaries

      Financial techniques

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About the authors of the SimTrade Workshop

Professor Adrian Zicari
ESSEC Business School

« The bottom line is processing information. The market anticipates what will happen, but things never go as planned. The market reacts to rumors and adjusts to the news. How will you react? What are you going to do? »

Professor François Longin
ESSEC Business School

« The ambition of this SimTrade Workshop is to make you discover the behavior of financial markets both in practice and in theory. »

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