A highly sophisticated financial / stock market game and simulation in which you trade, invest and finagle in simulated 'live' environment. NOW INCLUDES FUTURES AND OPTIONS TRADING, interest rate swaps (derivatives) and trading of ETF's.
Version: 8.72Wall Street Raider -- the ultimate in sophisticated financial simulations, a corporate takeover and stock market game and simulation, in which you strive to build your corporate empire by fair means or foul, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the SEC, IRS, Justice Department, EPA, Congress, powerful unions and no end of ruthless competitors and dealing with difficult ethical choices -- not to mention various manmade and natural economic and other disasters. In this highly realistic simulation, 1 to 5 players (including the computer) compete to amass fortunes, investing in, or taking over and managing, any of up to 1590 companies in 70 industry groups.
License: Free To Try $21.95
Operating System: Windows
Once in control of a company, you'll use all the tricks of the trade of real Wall Street corporate raiders to expand your empire and net worth, including hostile takeovers, greenmail, LBOs, IPOs, junk bond financing, mergers, restructurings, dominating your industry, antitrust and other lawsuits to harass competitors, or dealing in put and call options and commodities. All in the quest for the Almighty Dollar (or Yen, Pound, Euro, or other currency you configure it for).
All your investment research and financial wheeling and dealing occur against the backdrop of a nonstop 'live' stock ticker tape, scrolling financial news tape, and a constantly shifting economic and political environment in which all the companies and industries in Wall Street Raider must operate and try to cope.
Speedy decision-making is of the essence, and sweaty palms are a certainty, as you try to cope and keep your company's earnings on an upward track -- or at least keep yourself out of Bankruptcy Court! .... Reviews: In a front page article (6 / 22 / 2000) Investor's Business Daily called it an '...imaginative, stimulating...' simulation.
A leading computer columnist wrote of it, 'You can really learn something about stocks, mergers, takeovers and the general world of finance, and have a whacking good time in the bargain.'
Version 8.72.0: New features include ability to manage the portfolios any of the 15 Exchange-Traded Funds, or ETFs, in the simulation, and earn incentive fees for superior performance; new global setting for asset growth rates for all companies you control; new ethical scenarios added; improved Buy Button functions
Version 8.57: New features include ability to set asset allocation percentages for banks you control, a new asset class, T-bills, ability to set currency exchange rates, when playing in a currency other than US dollar, corporate tax rates updated to reflect real world US tax rate, cheat now allows $10 trillion.
Version 8.02: New features include convertible bonds you can invest in or your companies can issue at reduced interest rates; stock price alerts you can set, to be notified when any stock reaches the price you set; and numerous other changes have made WSR much more realistic and challenging.
Version 7.81: New features include 'sweep' setting to automatically sweep cash balances to pay down bank loan; 1-year cash flow projections for players; ETF summary listing now ranks ETF's by last 12 months' performance; calculations and displays now able to handle large net worth values up to the quintillions.
Version 7.60: Upgrade, now with high-yield subprime mortgages as investments for banks and insurers (plus subprime crises), and with refinements to 'autopilot' setting, so companies ask player's permission before engaging in major transactions like buying or selling stocks of other companies.
Version 7.50: Major upgrade, now with Cheat Menu for insider trading, autopilot function lets computer manage your companies
Version 6.11: Minor upgrade,making improvements to commodity trading system, minor bug fixes -- free upgrade for v. 6.10 registrants