CME Group Trading Challenge – Compete for Athabasca U!

Do you have what it takes to be a commodity trader? If you think you do – we want to know! The Faculty of Business is seeking both graduate and undergraduate students to compete in the 2018 CME Group Trading Challenge. This four-week electronic trading competition offers undergraduate and graduate student teams the opportunity to trade a variety of CME Group products from multiple asset classes in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional trading platform.

At the end of the four-week challenge, the top 50 teams will have the opportunity to meet in Chicago for an extraordinary day of learning and networking at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. For the last five years, Athabasca University’s (AU) teams have been invited to participate in this exciting Day of Education.

To compete for AU, you must be a current student registered in an AU program and should have taken an introductory finance course at minimum. Preference will be given to students who have taken Finance or Economics courses. Trading experience on an electronic platform and excellent team work are also good assets to have but not required. You will be able to do this challenge from wherever you are located.

Should a team be invited to Chicago, the Faculty of Business will cover travel, accommodation, and a per diem for students involved in the challenge. CME Group Trading Challenge participation may also count as credit towards your degree.

The time commitment required is approximately one hour per day.

Practice round occurs from January 8 to February 15.
Preliminary round takes place from February 20 to March 1.
Final round takes place from March 5 – 16.

There is no better way to learn about commodity trading than through real-time trading on the actual market. Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this exciting and rewarding opportunity!

Read all about AU team’s participation at the last CME Group Trading Challenge.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, please email Rachel Hamilton at by  January 5, 2018.