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Student Trading Lab Competition

Develop a Simulated Trading Competition for Your Class

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Why Use Interactive Brokers for a Simulated Trading Competition?

  • The Student Trading Lab is free to use.
  • Access a powerful and award winning trading platform, use Student Trading Lab resources to supplement your competition, and use live, simulated paper trading to help teach students about global markets.
  • Student accounts are funded with a simulated equity of USD 1,000,000 and configured with global trading capabilities, including cryptocurrency.
  • Students can develop programming, trading, risk analysis, and portfolio management skills by using a simulated trading account to trade live markets.
  • Students can use their Student Trading Lab experience as a point of differentiation with prospective employers.

Create a Simulated Trading Competition

  1. Open a Professor account
  2. Define the competition rules.
    1. For example, ask your students to only trade stocks or derivatives.
    2. Ask your students to trade using at least two or three different order types.
    3. Instruct the students to compete against a benchmark such as S&P 500.
  3. Define a period for the competition.
  4. Use the Professor account to invite your students to create their own accounts.
  5. Request that students provide a trading plan outlining their strategy, encourage students to develop their own algo trading apps in Python, Java, C++, or use our Excel sample spreadsheets for market data and data science analysis.
  6. Use your Professor account's reporting capabilities to monitor student performance.
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A Simulated Trading Competition for Your Class

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