Finance Simulation

Learn the foundational themes of introductory finance in an engaging yet simple simulated securities market



$150 / seat

Simulation Overview

Bond Trader provides a powerful context for teaching foundational themes such as equilibrium-required return, pricing of information, and financial substitutes among others.


Time Requirement

  • Introduction - 10 minutes
  • Game Play - 30 minutes to 45 minutes
  • Debrief - 45 minutes to 1 hour

The Story

In this Finance simulation, learners compete in teams or individually to maximize the value of a bond trading portfolio by choosing when to take positions in bond securities and when to hold cash. To increase engagement, the participants performance is ranked against their peers. Learners make buy-and-sell decisions for each weekly trading periods of 10-15 seconds.

The simulation lets participants experience the impact of the collective market decisions as bond prices dynamically evolve based on the aggregate buy-and-sell order flow from learner and computer traders in the market, using an internet-based interface.

Learning Focus

  • Introduce and reinforce simple bond market concepts such as interest rate risk and reinvestment risk
  • Illustrate and emphasize the competitive incentives in markets that move security prices toward fair pricing.
  • Build appreciation for market efficiency and how markets incorporates news into its prices.

Topics Covered

  • Finance Market Mechanics
  • Marketing Efficinecy
  • Bond Market Concepts
  • Time value of Money
  • Market Efficiency

Each simulation comes with a Teaching Guidebook for the facilitator along with 1:1 facilitator training and free trials.


This simulation is by Michael J.Schill, Darden Business Publishing, and Forio

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