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CME Group Trading Challenge

CME Group's Trading Challenge is a complimentary four-week electronic trading competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate students can trade a variety of CME Group products from multiple asset classes in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional trading platform provided by CQG.

Top ranking students will be eligible for cash prizes and exclusive CME Group experiences.

This annual competition has grown each year - with 240 schools from 35 countries and nearly 600 teams competing in 2017. The Trading Challenge is a unique chance for students to learn hands-on techniques for trading futures. Teams must consist of 3 to 5 members from the same university and each must elect a student leader. Teams can participate on a student-led team or in cooperation with a faculty advisor. Advisors will have early registration access to register their teams. Please note, advisors are not permitted to participate as a member of the team during the Challenge and are ineligible to receive a prize if their team is a winner.

Congratulations to the 2018 CME Group Trading Challenge Top Five!


Team Name


Final Balance

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


United States


Kansas State University


United States


University of Malaya

UM Team 2



Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano

Tadeo Futures



Johns Hopkins University


United States


2018 Competition Dates

Practice Round
Begins Monday, January 08 @ 8:00 a.m. CT
Concludes Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. CT

Preliminary Round
Begins Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:00 a.m. CT
Concludes Thursday, March 01 @ Market Close
*The top 10% of teams with the highest account balance at the close on Thursday, March 01 will advance to the Final Round.

Final Round
Begins Monday, March 05 @ Market Open
Concludes Friday, March 16 @ Market Close
*The top 5 teams receive a cash prize and are determined by the final account balance at the conclusion of trading. 
*Final round participants will be invited to Chicago for CME Group's Day of Market Education.

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    About CQG

    CQG, Inc. ( provides high-performance trade routing, global market data, and advanced technical analysis. CQG partners with more than eighty Futures Commission Merchants and provides Direct Market Access to more than forty exchanges through its global network of co-located Hosted Exchange Gateways. CQG’s server-side order management tools for spreading, market aggregation, and smart orders are unsurpassed for speed and ease-of-use. CQG’s market data feed consolidates more than seventy-five sources, including exchanges worldwide for futures, options, fixed income, foreign exchange, and equities as well as data on debt securities, industry reports, and financial indices. CQG has received the Best Technical Analysis Platform award from The Technical Analyst. CQG is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with sales and support offices worldwide.