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Updated A.Y. 2020-2021

(Last update Thursday, January 21st 2021)


(A.Y. 2020/2021)

Prof. Gianni Nicolini, PhD



1. Contact Information and Office Hours

Instructor: Prof. Gianni Nicolini, PhD (gianni.nicolini@uniroma2.it)


Office hours: by appointment (submit requests by email)

2. Aim of the Course 

The aim of the course is to analyze the functioning of stock exchanges and the main trading techniques for trading on different assets (e.g. bond, stock, currencies, etc.). The use of a trading simulation platform will be included in the course structure.

At the end of the course students will know what a stock market is and how it works, how to place a trading order and differences between different order types, they will be able to understand the main differences between investment vehicles (e.g. bond, stocks, mutual funds, etc.), they will know the role of information on trading, and will be able to apply main trading techniques in a trading perspective.

3. Contents of the Course 

- What a stock is market and how it works

- Trading platforms and how to place an order

- Tradable assets (Bonds, Stocks, Currencies, Commodities, etc.) (Main characteristics)

- Trading Vs Investments: main differences

- Bond Trading: key elements for trading

- Stock Trading: Fundamental Analysis (key elements for trading)

- Stock Trading: Technical Analysis (key elements for trading)

- The Role of News and Information on Trading

- The Role of Behavioral and Psychological Biases on Trading

(- Trading Simulation to Apply the Contents of the Course and Experience Real Market Scenarios)


Students will be invited to work in groups and to prepare presentations to develop team-working skills and public speaking skills.


4. Course Materials 

The course is based on Classes and Seminars.

Materials will be provided by the teacher during the course and uploaded on the webpage of the course on the Faculty website. The use of a trading simulation platform is part of the course requirements.

5. Class Attendance 

Class attendance is not mandatory (no monitoring activities of the class attendance will be done). However the core of the course are classes and seminars, hence the teacher recommends class participation.

6. Exam and Grading

Depending on the number of participants, individual students or groups of students have to prepare a report on the trading activity they made by the trading simulator and submit it by email to the teacher. The report should focus on the application of trading strategies and the explanation of the logic behind main trading decisions. In case of group reports, the contribution of each participant to the report must be clearly stated.