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The IFSA Traders’ Cup


The Competition

The IFSA Traders’ Cup is recognized as the world’s largest student-organized trading competition, offering a unique platform for aspiring traders. This event is an opportunity for students to experience trading with real market data, without the need for prior resources or opportunities.

Participants are granted a virtual starting capital of $100,000 on a platform mirroring real-time US market data, including a diverse range of investment options like stocks, bonds, ETFs, and more. The competition spans from March 1st to April 1st, challenging teams to maximize their return on investment (ROI). The top teams with the highest ROI secure cash prizes.


Event Pricing & Registration


Team Competition

2024 IFSA Traders’ Cup

Event Format: Virtual Trading Competition

Team Size: 3-5 Members

Eligibility: Open to all university students with official Proof of Enrolment

Competition Dates: March 1st – April 1st, 2024

Registration Deadline: February 29th, 2024

Choose Your Registration Method (Select Only One)


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?

Registration for the IFSA Trader’s Cup 2024 is now open! Follow these simple steps to secure your team’s spot in the world’s largest student-run trading competition:

  1. Form Your Team: Gather a team of 3 to 5 members, all of whom must be currently enrolled university students.
  2. Choose Your Registration Method: Select one of the following methods to register:
    • Register via Unstop: Visit our Unstop registration page and fill in the necessary details.
    • Register with Our Online Form: Access our dedicated registration form on the IFSA website and provide your team’s information.
  3. Submit Proof of Enrolment: Each team member must provide an official Proof of Enrolment from their university.
  4. Complete Registration: Follow the instructions on your chosen registration platform to finalize your team’s entry.
  5. Prepare for Competition: Once registered, get ready for the competition starting March 1st. Keep an eye on your email and our social media channels for updates and resources to help you prepare.

Remember, registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and spots fill up quickly! Ensure your registration is complete before the deadline on February 29th, 2024.

+ 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?

In the 2024 IFSA Traders’ Cup, participants will have the opportunity to trade from a vast selection of over 5,000 public companies and funds. The available markets include:

  • Nasdaq
  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • NYSE American


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