InterCollegiate Capital Markets Trading Competition 2013

and Investor Summit

November 1-15

At Suffolk University, Boston


Test your skills, challenge yourself, get noticed, win prizes…



Rank   Team   Net Liq   Competition
Cumulative Return
  S&P 500
1   Adwa & Christian - Lemon Brothers   3,834,074.00   283.41%   1.12%
2   Big Stack of Green   1,999,320.00   191.67%   1.12%
3   Finance Fans   1,796,124.00   154.32%   1.12%
4   Chimerica   1,352,512.00   124.55%   1.12%
5   Interequity Trust   1,274,153.00   105.12%   1.12%
6   CESP Traders   1,268,780.00   92.08%   1.12%
7   Gold Team   1,093,330.00   80.26%   1.12%
8   Wolves of West Street   1,074,823.00   71.16%   1.12%
9   SOPA   1,058,145.00   63.90%   1.12%
10   Risky Business   1,041,591.00   57.93%   1.12%
11   Team Vinny   1,039,321.00   53.02%   1.12%
12   Terriers   1,031,308.00   48.86%   1.12%
13   Everest   1,027,237.00   45.31%   1.12%
14   The Invasion   1,019,672.00   42.22%   1.12%
15   Beacon Hill Traders   1,015,442.00   39.51%   1.12%
16   Melrose   1,012,303.00   37.11%   1.12%
17   asahghfgh   1,000,994.00   34.94%   1.12%
18   Greater Boston   1,000,867.00   33.00%   1.12%
19   Tech Fusion   1,000,615.00   31.27%   1.12%
20   Dad's Asset Management   995,108.00   29.68%   1.12%
21   The A Team   993,969.00   28.24%   1.12%
22   Manchester United   992,985.00   26.92%   1.12%
23   Banner   987,719.00   25.70%   1.12%
24   FVTC   971,247.00   24.51%   1.12%
25   Team FPL   944,174.00   23.30%   1.12%
26   WPI Goats   933,734.00   22.15%   1.12%
27   MBA Team   864,910.00   20.83%   1.12%
28   Oyster   624,916.00   18.75%   1.12%
    Band of Moguls   1,000,000.00        
    Team Ram Rod   1,000,000.00        
    Team ELF   1,000,000.00        
    Team KIM   1,000,000.00        




The Sawyer Business School/TD Ameritrade Intercollegiate Capital Markets Trading Competition is open to teams of 3-4 undergraduate or graduate students.



Teams will be trained to use TD Ameritrade’s think or swim trading platform and then challenged to beat out the competition with the most compelling strategy and make the most money trading $1 million in paper money in the real market over a two week period. Simulate real-world/real time trading while demonstrating to expose your capacity to analyze, strategize, make decisions, and beat out the competition.



November 1:


Competition Launch


November 15:





Sawyer Business School Trading Room, 8 Ashburton Street Boston, MA 02111



Gain real world experience with live market competition. Expose your talents, your knowledge, and appreciate limitations. Gain knowledge and insights from today’s market makers.








October 31:


Training Session













November 1


Capital Markets Trading Competition Launch



Team Registration



Account set up





Official Competition Launch


November 15:


Capital Markets Trading Competition



Teams Close positions






Key note/Awards



Reception/Investor Summit




Both graduate as well as high potential undergraduate University students.


Please register here

Team Compositions

Teams can be comprised anyway that students and faculty organize. For example, a team may be comprised of just undergraduate student and another team of graduate students. A Team must consist of 3-4 students.

Team Member Requirements

Each Team Member must be a currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of the competition.

Competition Requirements

Teams will be evaluated for their strategy as presented to the judges and outcomes based on net value of their portfolio at the close of November 15, 2013.

Capital Markets Trading Competition

All teams invest $1 million at the start of the competition, trading each day until the end of the competition, and closing all positions before the market close on the last day of the competition. Winners will be determined by their final cash position.

  • Trading Platform: ThinkorSwim Trading account provided by TD Ameritrade
  • Starting Cash Position: $1 million
  • Securities: stocks, options and futures only, excluding F/X trading, penny stocks, and OTCBB/Pink Sheets.
  • Trading Hours: There are no limits on trading hours
  • Portfolio Concentration: No single security or cash should represent more than 20% of a team’s portfolio.
  • Performance: Each team will close out their positions from 3pm to 4pm on Friday November 15, 2013. Teams will be evaluated on their final cash position.

Updates, Monitoring, Penalties

A daily report will be sent out each day to the teams…

  • This way we will know who is winning
  • It will let us know who breaks a rule. You will receive a warning the first time on your first infraction. Each infraction after will come with a $10,000 penalty, plus any gains from those trades will be removed from the account. Any losses incurred from a trading infraction will remain with the account in addition to the $10,000 penalty.

Strategy Presentation

Each team must submit a description of their strategy and evaluation of their progress by November 8. The 3 teams with the most compelling and well justified strategies will be will be invited to present at the investor summit. Teams may utilize their Faculty Adviser as resources, but may not enlist the help of any other professionals in preparing or evaluating the presentations. Each presentation can include the use of PowerPoint or other presentation software. The teams cannot hand the judges any printed material before/after the Presentations. All Presentation material must be submitted prior to November 15. Only Team Members may participate in the Presentations. Each Presentation must be in English. Each Presentation is limited to 10 minutes, however and additional 5 minutes will be provided to answer questions posed by the Judges

Contest Judging

Consent to Publication of Ranking and Results

Entry to the contest constitutes permission by the Sawyer Business School and TD Ameritrade to post the university’s and trader’s information, including, without limitation, name, performance and relative ranking, and images on their respective websites and to use all information for purposes of advertising and promotion without compensation to the universities or contestants.

Prohibited Use of Contest for Promotional Purposes

Contestants shall not, either alone or in concert with others, use their participation in the contest for promotional purposes unless approved in advance in writing by Suffolk University/TD Ameritrade Capital Markets Trading Competition. If a contestant violates this provision, the contestant may be disqualified from competition in the contest for future. If determined by Suffolk University to be in violation, the contestant agrees to pay all legal fees and damage incurred including those to enforce this provision.

Postponement, Cancellation, Acceptance and Removal

The Suffolk University/TD Ameritrade Capital Markets Trading Competition reserves the right to modify the contest terms, to postpone the contest commencement date or to cancel the contest if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such action is reasonable and necessary. Suffolk University Capital Markets Trading Competition may reject any contestant’s application for any reason. Furthermore, The Suffolk University/TD Ameritrade Captital Markets Trading Competition has the right to remove or bar any contestant from the contest for any reason in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, barring any contestant who would or might: bring disrepute to the contest; or who has violated any rule, law or regulation pertaining to futures trading; or has attempted to benefit from any collusive or other trading irregularity. Suffolk University’s Capital Markets Trading Competition will review and monitor all participants throughout the contest in the interest and fairness of all participants. Minimum participation required; we reserve the right to cancel the contest if minimum participation is not reached. In the event that the contest is cancelled no prizes will be awarded. Suffolk University reserves the right to cancel the contest at any time and will make honest efforts to notify all contestants.