Finance Lab

Finance Lab


Finance LabThe objective of the ECSU Finance Lab is to increase the quality of the academic experience within the Lerner College by allowing our students to experience real time hands-on professional applications of the industry, and empowering our faculty with high-tech teaching tools. This discovery-based learning facility allows the Department of Business & Economics to stay abreast of the fast-paced world of financial markets.

The ECSU Finance Lab is an educational trading facility designed to replicate the trading floors in investment banks, brokerage houses, and hedge funds on Wall Street. We incorporate the same computer hardware, software, networks, and market data feeds that are found in every financial institution throughout the world. The center contains thirteen classroom workstations, an instructor podium, and feeds to two tickers and eight LCD displays.

We offer our students a real world experience that provides them with a unique skill set. Students in Finance and Economics use the lab to put theory into practice. Workshops teach students the basics of working with sophisticated financial software. Professional training courses and executive education classes are also conducted in the center. When the lab is not used for classes and workshops, it is available for Finance students to complete research and assignments.

Viking Finance and Investment Club

The Viking Finance and Investment Club is the Elizabeth City State University's student-managed investment fund. It is open to students of all majors and experience that are willing to commit to managing an endowment. Meetings are held on Monday at 3pm in the ECSU Finance Lab.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vikings Finance and Investment Club is to provide a valuable educational experience to its members by allowing them to manage an investment portfolio. By managing the portfolio and interacting with guest speakers, the members will learn about various aspects of finance and investing. Of equal importance is the development of strong analytical, decision-making, public speaking, and teamwork skills through the fund's weekly meetings, sector analysis, and financial modeling and valuation workshops.

Investment Philosophy

The Viking Finance and Investment Cub seeks to outperform the Russell 2000 Index on a risk-adjusted basis. To achieve this goal, the fund takes a value-oriented approach to investing by identifying undervalued securities and taking positions in them. This process is consistent with a long-term approach to investing. Furthermore, the fund is committed to diversifying its portfolio between different sectors to capture the full breadth of opportunity in the markets but also to minimize the risk from a potential over-concentration of capital.

General Information

  • Membership is open to all Majors
  • No Dues or Sign-Up Process
  • Are you curious about... how to begin investing and managing your personal finances?
  • Do you enjoy discussing, researching, trading... stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, futures, currency, commodities, or real estate?
  • Would you like to pursue... a career in finance?
  • All Majors welcome
  • Guest and Faculty Speakers
  • Investment Challenge competition... with prizes
  • Leadership Positions
  • Socials and other opportunities to make connections
  • Presentations on the market, economy, & personal finance
  • Career Advice on Networking, Internships, and Resumes 
  • Come take advantage of our experience and knowledge of investing