CME Group

CME Group Trading Challenge

The CME Group University Trading Challenge is a complimentary electronic trading competition that allows students to experience the excitement, energy and decision-making environment of real-time trading. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students are provided an opportunity to trade a variety of CME Group products from multiple asset classes in a simulated, professional trading platform provided by CQG.

2019 Competition Dates

General Registration

Thank you to everyone who registered for the 2019 CME Group University Trading Challenge. Registration is now closed.

Competition Begins
Competition begins on Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m. CT.

Competition Ends
Competition ends on Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m. CT.

Day of Market Education
Day long program of events to be held in Chicago on Monday, November 4, 2019. Click here for more information.

This annual competition has grown each year - with 2,100 students from 37 countries and nearly 530 teams competing in 2018. 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.

Day of Market Education

New this year, the challenge’s Day of Market Education will be open to all students participating in the challenge. The Day of Market Education is a one-day conference that provides students with an exclusive look into CME Group and the financial industry. Students participating in the challenge this year are eligible to attend the conference in Chicago on Monday, November 4, 2019. Click here for more information.

Prize Details

  • First Place Team:  $2,000*
  • Second Place Team: $1500*
  • Third Place Team:  $1000*
  • Fourth Place Team: $750*
  • Fifth Place Team: $500*

* per student


Interact through Social Media

Interact with CME Group and CQG during the 2019 Trading Challenge through social media by using #TradingChallenge19.