An "...IMAGINATIVE, STIMULATING, EDUCATIONAL..." Business Simulation -- Investor's Business Daily
UPDATE! Version 6.60 of W$R is now available, now including stock index
futures trading, investment management contracts for ETF's, charts for commodities, interest rates,
GDP growth rate, the Stock Index, and of each player's net worth; ETF's
(Exchange-Traded Funds, or investment companies); interest rate swaps (derivatives --
"bets" on future interest rates); commodity futures trading on oil, metals and grains;
executive stock options if you become CEO of a company you control; 5-year stock
charts for each of the 1590 companies and ETFs, plus streaming stock quotes for up
to 15 stocks; also short-selling and highly realistic put and call options trading!
(Some features not enabled in free version.)
For update information and a description of new features in Versions 6.xx,
WALL STREET RAIDER (for Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 & 8)
is now played by (registered) users in over 90 countries, ranging from Sharjah to Vietnam
to Cyprus to Paraguay to Greenland to Namibia to Barbados to Slovenia to the Sultanate
of Brunei and beyond. It is widely recognized as the ultimate in sophisticated financial
simulations, a corporate takeover and stock market game and simulation, in which players
strive to build their corporate empires by fair means or foul, all the while trying to
stay one step ahead of the SEC, IRS, Justice Department, EPA, Congress, powerful unions,
corrupt governments, and no end of ruthless competitors -- not to mention various manmade
and natural calamaties and economic disasters.
In this highly realistic simulation, 1 to 5 players (including the computer, 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. 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 to expand your empire
and net worth, including:
trading or investing in stocks and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF's)
trading or investing in corporate and government bonds
gaining voting control of companies
industry domination and monopolization, by increasing your companies' market share in their industry
increasing capital spending to take advantage of lucrative rates of return on
capital in your industry, as well as to increase or maintain market share
setting bank lending policies, for banks you control
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
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)
private placement stock offerings to raise "outside" money or from within your corporate empire
cash or stock tender offers for corporate takeovers, or cash tender offers for LBO's
greenmail stock buybacks to get rid of hostile shareholders
stock-for-stock mergers to diversify or to gobble up competitors and increase industry dominance
LBO's (leveraged buy-outs)
"white knight" defenses
buying up distressed debt (bonds) of companies in financial trouble
antitrust lawsuits and other litigation to harass competitors, or sometimes win large judgments or settlements
mass layoffs and restucturing of companies to increase efficiency and profitability
spin-offs of subsidiaries, tax-free or otherwise
excessive CEO salaries and lavish executive stock options, provided by companies you control
increasing dividends of companies you own (or cutting their dividends, to conserve cash)
tax avoidance strategies to avoid income taxes and numerous other taxes
manipulating earnings by increasing/decreasing spending on R&D or marketing
manipulating earnings by using "hidden" accounting reserves
earning management fees from Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF's)
improving cash flow by reducing capital spending, in order to pay down debt or diversify, and
using any and all methods to get the stock price up, in a company you control
... and much more, in the quest for the Almighty Dollar. The individual player
can engage in risky (but sometimes lucrative) activities for his or her
own account, such as short selling of stocks, and players or companies can
engage 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 are able to instantly configure the simulation for
any one of 22 other currencies.
And, of course, you'll have ample "ethical choices" thrust upon you from
time to time, where you will have to choose between playing ethically,
or (possibly) winding up in serious legal or financial trouble if you
decide to "Go for the gold," rather than "do the right thing."
All your investment research and financial wheeling and dealing occur
against the backdrop of a constantly shifting economic and political
environment in which you and all the companies and industries in Wall
Street Raider must operate and try to cope. The main screen is your
Trading Desk, on which you can always see a nonstop "live" stock ticker
tape, a scrolling financial news tape, flickering, constantly updating
stock prices on your "streaming quotes" list of 15 stocks, as well as
frequently changing spot prices for each of 5 commodities and the (tradeable)
Stock Index, plus the current GDP growth rate of the economy and various
interest rates (long- and short-term government bond yields and the Prime
Rate). One section of the Trading Desk also shows your personal financial
balance sheet, so you can see your personal net worth and available bank
line of credit (if any) fluctuating second by second.
Speedy decision-making is of the essence, and sweaty palms are a certainty,
as you try to cope with and anticipate changing markets, and keep your
company's earnings on an upward track -- or at least keep yourself out
of Bankruptcy Court! You also have to deal with cash flow issues and try
to keep powerful competitors from squeezing your company's profitability
or seizing control of your company -- unless the price is right, of course!
Download a free ("shareware") copy of Wall Street Raider here:
REVIEWS, AWARDS, USER COMMENTS:
Take a look at our comments page, to see what
users say about Wall Street Raider.
Or, view this YouTube VIDEO
one game reviewer created, showing you a bit of what playing Wall
Street is like, plus his comments. It is #3 of 11 videos this
chap (an obvious W$R junkie) created, all of which are accessible
from the above YouTube page. (You might want to start at
The videos will give you an idea of some of the things you can do in
Wall Street Raider, though this older (2008) version lacks many of the
advanced features of the current version, such as commodity futures
trading, interest rate swaps (derivatives) and ETF's, and the reviewer
does not get into any of the more sophisticated transactions the
simulation allows, like mergers, LBO's, spin-offs, liquidations, etc.
Wall Street Raider has received a number of very favorable reviews
over the years from major Web sites, such as ZDNET, Download.com and PCWorld,
as well as highly favorable reviews in print publications, including the Wall
Street Journal, Byte Magazine, PC World, and, on June 22, 2000, we rated a
two-column, very favorable front-page article in Investor's Business Daily,
which called W$R an "...imaginative, stimulating..." business simulation.
Previously, computer columnist Jerry Pournelle had written of W$R,
that "You can really learn something about stocks, mergers, takeovers
and the general world of finance, and have a whacking good time in
As another reviewer, at the
software directory, notes, "Wall Street Raider is an award-winning financial
simulator that critics have praised as being 'imaginative, stimulating and educational.'
In this game, you will start your own career and as a market player, investor, broker,
owner of your own business - no matter which role you choose, you will have to elbow
your way through a horde of competitors to reach the pinnacle of success."
GIVE US YOUR OPINION: Do you love W$R? Hate it when
you go bankrupt all the time? To register your opinion, by giving us a
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To download a free copy of the shareware (evaluation)
version of Wall Street Raider ("full-screen version" for Windows),
To order the registered version of Wall
Street Raider, or the Windows Version "Add-on Package," select one
of the ordering links below, for the Windows or DOS versions:
$29.95 for the Windows version,
"full package deal" -- Consisting of the Wall Street Raider game software,
plus the "Customizer Utility" program and the (electronic) strategy manual,
"Wall Street Raider -- The Book" (NOTE: THERE IS NO PRINT VERSION OF THE MANUAL.)
$15.00 for the Add-on
Package Only, which includes the new (electronic, not printed) strategy manual, entitled
"Wall Street Raider -- The Book" (an electronic book about W$R, in HTML format, now
also with a Word (.DOC) file version, for easier printing), plus the Customizer Utility
program, that works with the W$R Windows version software. (This add-on package is for those
users who already have the registered version of the W$R software.)
$14.95 for the DOS version
(Note: Development of the DOS version ceased in 2001; it is now an "antique" program --
It will NOT run on 64-bit Windows 7 or 8 systems.)
PURCHASE INCLUDES REDUCED PRICE UPGRADES (CURRENTLY $9.95 U.S. for the full
package that includes the latest version of the (electronic) W$R strategy manual and
the "Customizer Utility" program).
When you order a Windows version of Wall Street Raider, your purchase also includes
the right to order future updates/upgrades at a greatly reduced price, currently
$9.95, instead of the regular price of $29.95. Prices are good through 12-31-2013.
See the updates page to see what improvements have
been added since the version you currently have, so you can decide if or when to
NOTE: When purchasing through SWREG's secure server online
e-tailing site, you will not instantly download the program, but will
automatically be sent an e-mail by SWREG, notifying you that your
order has been accepted, and giving you the URL where you can download
the registered version of the program during a specified number of days.
If you do not receive your registration/download information, please
contact SWREG. Ronin Software
does not process the credit cards. (And be sure to check your "SPAM"
in-box, if you do not immediately receive an e-mail link from SWREG --
that's where it is likely to be, 99% of the time.)
Click here to see a sample screen shot of
Wall Street Raider (Windows version).
NEW! Wall Street Raider now also has a "blog" fan site -- see the link
here.... Check it out,
if you want to brag to or otherwise communicate with other Wall Street
...If you are serious about winning....
If you are a serious player of the Wall Street Raider
simulation, you'll want to STOP playing a few minutes, or at least
long enough to also get a copy of our "Wall Street Raider --
The Book" strategy manual for W$R. It contains over 300
pages (if printed out from the .DOC file) of plain-English explanations
of how and when to use mergers, liquidations, anti-trust lawsuits, and all
the other financial tools provided in W$R, to aid you in your ruthless
quest to build a corporate empire to out-Trump the Donald....
NOTE: THE MANUAL CONSISTS OF COMPUTER (HTML
and Word .DOC) FILES, VIEWABLE WITH YOUR WEB BROWSER; THERE IS NO PRINTED VERSION OF THE
MANUAL, BUT THE .DOC FILE VERSION IS PROVIDED FOR EASY PRINTING, IF YOU WISH TO PRINT
OUT A 2-SIDED HARD COPY.
While we are no longer publishing the print version of this strategy
manual, a new electronic version is available now for the Windows version
of Wall Street Raider. The manual is in the form of hypertext (HTML and
Microsoft Word .DOC) files, and sells for only $15.00. A free copy of the
Glossary section of "Wall Street Raider --
The Book" is posted here on our web site for your perusal.
You can order the electronic book version of the W$R strategy
manual, (which includes the Customizer Utility), through
our online vendor SWREG.ORG, by clicking on the following:
Package for W$R ($15.00) -- Includes an electronic version of the
strategy manual, consisting of both an HTML file and, for easy printing,
a Microsoft Word .DOC file version of the manual, downloadable after
purchase, plus the "W$R Customizer Utility" program. The electronic
book/strategy manual, "Wall Street Raider -- The Book," can be viewed
on your computer like web pages or as a .DOC file, even if you are
not connected to the Internet. All you will need to view the book on
your computer is a web browser to view the HTML files or the ability
to open and read the Microsoft Word .DOC file (printable) version. If you
also have the registered version of the W$R game software installed,
you can view the manual by simply clicking on the "View W$R Manual"
item that will appear in the "Options Menu" of the main W$R screen,
while playing W$R (the Windows version) -- if the manual is detected
by the W$R program.
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