New Bloomberg terminals at USask aid remote learning amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Natasha Katchuk

On November 13th, the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business officially unveiled the Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room.

The new room, located behind a glass wall in the front lobby of the Edwards School of Business, features 16 state-of-the-art Bloomberg terminals.

Bloomberg is the top information platform used by businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies around the world. It can report on everything from stocks and bonds to general news.

Although the University of Saskatchewan is operating in a remote learning environment, Edwards students in the finance major are already making use of the technology.

Over 120 students have been exposed to the Bloomberg Market Concepts certification since the terminals were first installed in 2017. To earn the certification, students study modules and complete tests on economic indicators, currencies, equities, and how to navigate the bond market.

Jeremy Riddell, a fourth-year finance student and Bloomberg Terminal Ambassador at Edwards, says the practical experience is incredibly valuable.

“The resources available through the Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room add to our employability,” said Riddell. “We are developing practical skills that allow us to deliver value immediately as new graduates in the workforce.”

Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias is excited for the launch because of its unique approach to learning.

“The Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room gives me access to student interaction and experience with different investments,” said Laliberte-Pewapisconias, a fourth-year finance student. “I’m proud to be an Edwards student because the opportunities unlocked here will aid me as a future finance professional.”

The resources available in the Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room will also complement tracking the performance of the Dembroski Student Managed Portfolio Trust which gives students real world investment experience.

“The Gordon Rawlinson Finance and Trading Room demonstrates our commitment to developing business professionals to build nations,” said Dr. Keith Willoughby (PhD), dean, Edwards School of Business. “The remote learning capabilities of the software have ensured students could continue to access resources and data as part of their finance studies amidst COVID-19.”

The hands-on experience monitoring and managing real-time financial data using Bloomberg financial terminals was made possible by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Rawlinson (B.Comm. 1968).

“I am pleased that Edwards students will have access to industry specific finance and research tools to develop the skills they need for their careers,” said Gordon Rawlinson.

Watch the unveiling of the new Finance and Trading Room on the Edwards YouTube Channel.

For more information, please contact:

Natasha Katchuk
Senior Communications Officer
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan

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