Date of release: Monday, January 16, 2017

Two potential business experts from the University of Greenwich have won a prestigious national trading competition.

Colin Stevens, 23, and Vince Taddeo, 21, both studying for an economics degree, came out winners at the University Trading Challenge, held at Cass Business School. First year student Colin was named best trader on the day. Vince, in his third year, won the best portfolio trader of the month.

The contest required students to demonstrate their ability to trade successfully in the financial markets, as well as make decisions, analyse data from real-life current market trends, and come up with winning strategies.

Dr Gabriella Cagliesi, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Greenwich, says: "I am so proud of Colin and Vince, as well as their team mates and the members of our two trading societies, who came to support and encourage their friends!

"Their reassuring presence was much appreciated and it helped to diffuse some of the pressure on a long day of intense competition. It was a tough judging panel, and they were impressed by the students' performances, initiatives, ideas and questions."

The teams tackled trading challenges and enjoyed constructive feedback from experienced professional traders. There was also a tutorial on technical analysis provided by market giant Bloomberg.

The challenge sees a maximum of 25 teams compete and is open to all full-time finance and economics students studying at a UK university. It forms part of Greenwich's wider interest in trading and preparing students for careers in the financial services industries.

Greenwich has two student-run trading societies, The Greenwich Investment and Trading Society and the University of Greenwich Trading and Security Society.

For more on studying at the university's Business School: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/business/study

Pictured: Trading winners Colin Stevens (front row, second from right) and Vince Taddeo (front row, far right) with Dr Gabriella Cagliesi (front row, third left) and fellow members of the university's Trading Society.

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