Academic Resources

Resources for educators, researchers and students

As the world’s leading global derivatives exchange, CME Group wants to make it easier for you to learn – and teach – about futures and options. To meet this goal, we have created a variety of services for free, or at a reduced rate, to help you educate the next generation of market participants.

Access more than 60 free online courses, set up a private trading simulation for individual classes, access specific market data packages for research and compete against other universities around the globe in the yearly University Trading Challenge.


Private Trading Challenges

Practice trading live and see if you can out-perform your classmates with our private trading challenges. Professors can set up private challenges – available only to their classes – to demonstrate real-time price action, offer hands-on learning, and measure how much your students have learned. Private trading challenges are free of charge and available year-round.

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CME DataMine for Education

Enhance your learning opportunities with historical CME Group market data from CME DataMine. We offer a 50% discount on access to CME DataMine for qualifying institutions, providing access to all members of faculty, staff and students. Historical data can be used to enhance research possibilities or to inform trading education.

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University Trading Challenge

Participate in the annual University Trading Challenge to test your skills against other students around the world. This complimentary electronic trading competition allows students to experience the excitement, energy and decision-making environment of real-time trading. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students from all over the globe compete to become the year’s University Trading Challenge winners!

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Learn how CME Group can add value to your financial curriculum

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Access more than 60 courses covering futures, options, trading strategies, and introductions to major CME Group products to improve your understanding of derivatives or to share with your students for their education.

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