Barcelona Tech wins CME Group Trading Challenge

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CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the winners of its 11th annual CME Group Trading Challenge.  The four-week electronic trading competition provides teams of graduate and undergraduate students the chance to trade a variety of CME Group products across multiple asset classes.  The competition takes place in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional platform provided by CQG andDow Jones provides news feeds to inform the students of market events. This year, nearly 400 teams made up of 1,500 students participated in the challenge from 31 countries around the world – a record level of participation.

"Educating the next generation of market participants about risk management is key to ensuring a stable global economy," said Terry Duffy, CME Group Executive Chairman and President.  "The health of our markets depends on attracting the best and brightest talent and our annual global trading challenge is a great opportunity for students to learn hands-on techniques in risk management.  This is an exciting industry and a place where innovative people can make a real impact on the world."

The following winning teams will receive a cash prize and are invited to attend a one-day market education conference with other select participants at CME Group on April 11:

University – Team Name

Final Simulated Account Balance

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya -  Team Ocean Futures


Boston University - Team Lighthouse


Georgia State University - Team Panthers FX Traders


Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation  - Team Forex Traders



CME Group has a long track-record of supporting risk-management education.  In addition to offering interactive events like the Trading Challenge, CME Group provides education about the global economy and our markets.  Recently, the company launched Futures Fundamentals, an innovative website that explains the role of futures markets in everyday life.  The site contains easy-to-understand content that everyone from students to experienced market participants can use. takes investing concepts like futures, hedging and speculating and shows how they play an essential role in the world around us.  The goal of the site is to make financial education an engaging experience for anyone, regardless of how well versed they are in the world of finance. Additionally, in 2013, CME Group embarked on a partnership with the National 4-H Council to bring a Commodity Carnival game to more than 130 state and county fairs, reaching 50,000 fairgoers with information about managing risk in agriculture. 

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