IFSA Network

The IFSA Traders’ Cup


The Competition

The IFSA Traders’ Cup is the world’s largest student-organized trading competition, hosted by the IFSA Network and its partners. This competition is designed for those who want to try their hand at trading but may not have had the opportunity or the resources to do so.

In this competition, each participant is given $100,000 in virtual starting capital, on a platform for practising trading skills with the latest stock market performance and news. This platform hosts a game where participants can trade real data from the open US market, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, real estate, and others. The trading period typically runs from March 1st to April 1st.

At the end of this trading period, the return on investment (ROI) for all teams is calculated. The teams with the highest ROIs in the first, second, or third place receive cash prizes.


Event Pricing & Registration


Team Competition

2023 IFSA Traders’ Cup

Duration: 1 month

Team: 3 to 5 members

All participants need to be able to provide an official Proof of Enrolment.

Registration for this year's Traders Cup is officially closed


Frequently Asked

+ Who can participate in the IFSA Trader's Cup?

The IFSA Trader’s Cup is open to all students who are interested in finance and want to test their trading skills.

You need to be able to provide a valid official Proof of Enrolment.

+ Can I participate alone or do I need a team?

Participants must register as a part of a team for the IFSA Trader’s Cup. Solo registration is not allowed.

+ What is the registration process for the IFSA Trader's Cup?

Participants can sign up for the competition through the IFSA website. However, please note that applications for the 2023 competition have closed.

+ How is the competition monitored and winners determined?

The competition is held on the MarketWatch platform. The return on investment (ROI) for all teams is calculated at the end of the trading period, and the teams with the highest ROI win the competition​.

Please note that the rules are subject to change, only the rules given at the beginning of the competition apply.

+ What trading options are available in the competition?

Participants can trade with real data from the open US market, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, real estate, and more​.


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