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An Addictive Computer Simulation

"You can really learn something about stocks, mergers, takeovers, and the general world of finance, and have a whacking good time in the bargain." -- Computerworld columnist Jerry Pournelle

Adding more players makes "Wall Street Raider" all the more compelling. If you get yourself into a weakened financial situation, the computer players  can be very ruthless -- they will "take no prisoners." Engage, if you dare, in  risky ventures that could be your financial salvation and crowning achievement of your Wall Street career -- or the end of it! Quickly going from "riches to
rags" is quite possible in Wall Street Raider, just as it is on the real WallStreet. (But hey, it's not real money here, thankfully!)

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In the highly realistic computer simulation that is "Wall Street Raider," one to five players (including up to four computer players, if you choose) compete to amass fortunes by investing in, or taking over and managing, any of up to 1590 companies in 70 industry groups. You start rich, with up to $1 billion, which is enough to take over one or more decent-sized industrial companies or to start your own company in any of 70 industries, and the idea is to get more wealth than any of the other players you will be competing with.

Once you acquire control of a company, you and your company will use all the tricks of the trade of real Wall Street corporate raiders, also known as wolves of Wall Street, to expand your empire and net worth. The tactics you will employ include:

  • Trading or investing in stocks and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Trading or investing in corporate and government bonds
  • Investing in or financing your companies with "straight" or convertible bonds
  • Gaining voting control of other companies, to run them (and try to manipulate their earnings and stock price)
  • Industry domination and monopolization, by increasing your company's market share in its industry
  • Setting bank lending policies for any banks you control, such as restricting lending to competitors or ruthlessly calling in the loans of corporate competitors or other players
  • Options trading for speculation or to hedge stock positions
  • Short selling of stocks, options, and commodity or stock index futures
  • Speculating in or hedging with commodity futures and stock index futures
  • Trading in physical commodities (oil, gold, silver, wheat, corn) that you buy and store, to wait for a better price
  • Speculating in ultra-high-risk interest rate swaps, by creating custom-made derivatives contracts (that are bets on the future direction of various interest rates)
  • Having banks or insurance companies you control invest (speculate) in high-yield junk bonds or risky "subprime" mortgage securities, or by buying up high-yielding but risky corporate loans
  • IPOs and startups, to raise capital or to create a new subsidiary to enter a highly profitable industry
  • Private placement stock offerings to raise "outside" private money or from within your corporate empire
  • Cash or stock tender offers for corporate takeovers, or cash tender offers for LBOs
  • Greenmail stock buybacks and LBOs to get rid of hostile or unwanted minor shareholders in your companies
  • Stock-for-stock mergers to diversify or to gobble up competitors and increase industry dominance
  • White knight defenses to protect your control of a company by bringing in "neutral" corporate shareholders
  • Buying up distressed debt (bonds) of companies in financial trouble
  • Launching antitrust lawsuits and other litigation to harass financially vulnerable competitors, or sometimes win large judgments or settlements
  • Mass layoffs and restructuring of companies to increase efficiency and profitability
  • Spin-offs or liquidations of subsidiaries, tax-free or otherwise
  • Earn a lavish salary and executive stock options as CEO of one company you control, plus possible large performance bonuses for increasing earnings
  • Increasing dividends of companies you own (or cutting their dividends, to conserve cash)
  • Firing management, in the hope that new administration will be an improvement
  • Asset downsizing
  • Tax avoidance strategies to avoid income taxes and other taxes on capital
  • Manipulating earnings by increasing/decreasing spending on R&D or marketing, or by using "hidden" accounting reserves as "slush funds"
  • Using any methods to get a stock price up, in a company you control, including sometimes engaging in "unethical" (and risky) actions. You'll delegate most management decisions in your corporate empire, Warren Buffett-style, by turning on the "auto-pilot" feature, once you have acquired control of too many companies to effectively micro-manage them all. Continue to make significant decisions for your companies on choices like which companies to buy or sell or merge with, or which industries to enter or exit
  • And much more, all in the quest for the Almighty Dollar

Realistic Risks

An individual game player can engage in risky (but sometimes lucrative) activities for his or her account, such as short selling of stocks, and players or companies can participate in buying and shorting put and call options and commodity futures on crude oil, gold, silver, wheat, and corn, or can gamble with massive leverage on interest rate swaps (derivatives contracts). Although the U.S. dollar is the default, players also can instantly configure the simulation for any one of 22 other currencies, before starting a new game, starting with the equivalent of up to $1 billion in Euros, Pounds, Yen, Canadian or Australian dollars, etc. Use the default currency exchange rate or, in the latest version, set the exchange rate yourself at the start of a new game.

No Wall Street simulation would be complete without ethical challenges. Wall Street Raider frequently presents you with difficult ethical choices, unexpectedly. Sometimes, by making an unethical choice, you can make a quick killing for your company; other times, such as by  failing to recall an unsafe product, you can at best avoid a big expense. In either case,  you create bad karma each time you act unethically, making it ever more likely that your bad actions will have severe negative consequences. Successfully running a large company requires the ability to wisely make hard decisions, and WSR will test you to the limit!