2020 University Trading Challenge

2020 Competition Dates

General Registration
Registration for the general student population is now open. Register here.

Registration Closes
Registration for the competition closes on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT

Competition Begins
Competition begins on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT

Competition Ends
Competition ends on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CT

Click here to register for the 2020 University Trading Challenge. 


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

* per student

Competition Eligibility

  • Each team is required to have three to five students.
  • 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.

Eligibility to receive competition prizes is only open to residents in the United States (US), Canada (CA) excluding Quebec, United Kingdom (UK), 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

Products and Contract Specifications

Teams will be able to trade all of the supported CME Group futures products through CME Globex on CQG’s trading applications during the competition.

Competition products include futures contracts from the following asset classes:

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 Integrated Client 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 inquiries and questions related to registration, or to be included in our email distributions, contact:

CME Group Trading Challenge Team


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

CQG Support

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