Frequently Asked Questions | Students

What trading platform will be used?

Participants will be given access to Trading Technologies next-generation platform, TT®. The TT platform delivers ultra-low-latency performance with unprecedented accessibility across all major devices, including computer workstations, laptops, and Android and iOS phones. Built on a high-performance, global, redundant network with collocated execution, TT is the fastest commercially available professional futures trading platform. With a full array of tools for manual point-and-click trading, automated/algorithmic trading, spreading, charting and analytics, mobile trading, FIX connectivity and more, TT delivers the functionality to meet virtually any trading type.

How will PARTICIPANTS PREPARE the cases?

Participants will receive a competition case packet at least a month before the competition. To help students get started, TT will provide have access to multiple training videos. Teams will have the opportunity to test their algorithms against live market data. In addition, teams will be able to replay historical market data, enabling them to test their algorithms at any time.

Which schools will attend?

The FM program will work with sponsoring firms to target top-tier schools from every part of the country. As a reminder, the competition is open to undergraduate students only. In the past, teams represented have included: Amherst, Baruch, CalTech, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Rutgers, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, and Washington University.

How can I seek financial assistance from my institution to attend?

Many participants belong to finance-related Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). We encourage you to seek funding through these RSOs. Alternatively, you can seek funding from various departments at your institution. The event plans to offer credit of at least $200 for hotel costs.

How can I find out about careers in trading during the competition?

During a panel discussion, representatives from sponsoring firms will discuss the many different careers found within the trading industry, the structure of their firms, and available employment opportunities. The panel will be moderated by a current FM student and will also feature a Q&A session open to the participants. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about careers in trading throughout Friday’s educational and networking events.

What opportunities will participants have to interact with sponsoring firms?

Participants will have several opportunities to interact with sponsoring firms. Highlights include an educational kick-off event with Optiver on Friday afternoon, a networking reception hosted by IMC Financial Markets Friday evening, and a dinner with DRW on Saturday for winning teams. In addition, participants will have direct opportunities to meet firm representatives and recruiters during the panel discussion and award ceremony on Saturday. Each sponsoring firm and a company summary will be included in the case packet for your review.