The VCU Capital Markets Center offers a unique experiential learning opportunity that puts real-world industry tools and information directly into students’ hands.

This 1,700-square-foot facility in Snead Hall replicates the look, feel, experience and technology of a Wall Street trading room. Bloomberg Data, First Call, Rise and other market data vendors feed information to the center, which is equipped with industry-standard technology.


Students, faculty and business community partners can use the center to:

  • Monitor real-time financial market data
  • Attend presentations by industry experts and professionals
  • Conduct financial lab experiments
  • Earn Bloomberg certification
  • Participate in competitions
  • Hold classes and business meetings

Student-managed investment portfolio

The Student-Managed Investment Portfolio is an exclusive opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with real financial assets. The student group manages a $200,000 equity portfolio on behalf of the School of Business Foundation.

Students work closely with the director of the Capital Markets Center to research and select a portfolio of 25 stocks. Stock trades are made on site in the Capital Markets Center. 

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Competition teams

CFA Investment Research Challenge

The CFA Investment Research Challenge is a competition between university-sponsored teams that research a designated publicly traded company, prepare a written report on that selected company, and present their findings to a panel of judges.

Duff & Phelps YOUniversity Deal Challenge

The Duff & Phelps YOUniversity Deal Challenge engages teams of business students from around the world to compete using a broad range of skills, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, transaction opinions, transfer pricing, disputes and investigations and valuation advisory.

Meet the director

Cory Bunting, CFA, is the director of the VCU Capital Markets Center and an instructor in the VCU School of Business Finance department.

Prior to joining the VCU in 2008, he spent 20 years on Wall Street as an equity portfolio manager. During that time he managed over $2 billion in global equity portfolios and hedge funds for insti­tutional clients, high net worth individuals and mutual funds.

Bunting completed his B.S. in economics at James Madison University, is a chartered financial ana­lyst and is vice president of the CFA Virginia. Bunting has traveled extensively and spent time in the Middle East, Europe and Asia where he managed the Hong Kong-based institutional equity portfolios for Fiduciary Trust.