CME Group

2019 University Trading Challenge

The CME Group University Trading Challenge is exclusive to currently enrolled college and university students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

This is an electronic trading competition in which students compete as school teams trading live data in a simulated environment. Registered teams of three to five currently enrolled students will compete for cash prizes.

This challenge is designed to provide students with a unique educational experience consistent with that of professional trading of CME Group products.

Teams will use the CQG Integrated Client (IC) trading platform to execute trades on the CME Globex platform. CQG will provide access to technical analysis and trading software as well as training before the competition begins. The CQG help desk is available 24 hours a day.

Daily Standings

Congratulations to the 2019 CME Group University Trading Challenge Winners

Rank Account Name Trading End Balance Total Commissions including Volume Penalties Final Balance
1. University of Colorado Boulder Edge U1 $1,436,925.00 $4,650.00 $1,432,275.00
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Team Aster 12 $1,252,062.50 $50.00 $1,252,012.50
3. Simon Fraser University  The Fall U1 $1,095,690.00 $4,540.00 $1,091,150.00
4. UT Dallas Comets U1 $1,039,173.23 $615.00 $1,062,560.73
5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gambler G8 $1,023,978.75 $2,725.00 $1,021,253.75

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.

Prizes

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

* per student

Products and Contract Specifications

Teams will be able to trade all CME Group futures products through CME Globex on CQG’s trading applications during the competition. Competition products do not have specified contract months. Teams are responsible to be aware of first day and expiration days.

Competition products include futures contracts from the following asset classes:

Competition Eligibility

  • 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate teams are eligible to compete per school.
  • Each team is required to have 3 to 5 students from the same undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Every student involved must be enrolled in an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. All participants must be enrolled for the duration of the competition at the university identified by the team lead in the registration form.
  • Faculty Advisors are highly recommended to oversee each school’s participation.
  • Please Note:
    • Teams may not mix graduate and undergraduate members.
    • Recent graduates are not eligible to participate.
    • Creating a team of students from different universities is not permitted.

NOTE:  If it is discovered at any time before, during or after the competition that a team/individual does not meet ALL of the requirements listed above, that team/individual will be immediately disqualified and will forfeit any prizes.

Disclaimer: Eligibility to receive competition prizes is only open to residents in the United States (US), Canada (CA) excluding Quebec, United Kingdom (UK) excluding Northern Ireland, Germany (DE), Netherlands (NL), Switzerland (CH), Republic of Korea (KR), Taiwan (TW), and Japan (JP).


Rules, Regulations and Requirements

All participants must follow the outlined rules, regulations and requirements throughout the duration of the challenge.

Click here for complete CME Group University Trading Challenge rules, regulations and requirements

Terms and Conditions

Challenge Resources and Software

Teams will use the CQG Integrated Client, CQG Mobile and CQG Desktop trading platforms to execute trades on the CME Globex platform. CQG will provide access to the technical analysis and trading software as well as training before the competition begins. CQG’s software only works on a PC platform and port 2823 must be open in firewalls. The CQG help desk is open 24 hours a day. CQG Software and resources are found here.

You can find additional resources directly through CQG.


Contact Us

For general challenge inquires and questions related to registration, or to be included in our email distributions, contact:

CME Group Trading Challenge Team

trading.challenge@cmegroup.com

For specific questions related to the electronic trading platform and challenge specifications, contact:

CQG Support

TradingChallenge@CQG.com
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