Trade School

Since launching in 2014, TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim Challenge has encouraged college students to build market knowledge by giving them the ability to put classroom theory into real-life investing practice.

Tomorrow’s trading all-stars need to acquire a plethora of skills to compete, but there is nothing like getting your hands dirty in an actual trading environment.

The career of a trader can only be learned through the experiences of managing real capital. Trying to learn how the markets really work, how one’s emotions play into the decision-making process and taking the risks of managing real capital are not the realm of academia.
While many of us have been wrapped up in the diminishing returns of our NCAA tournament brackets, another spirited competition among college students had been taking place.
Walter Lanza, a 23-year-old agribusiness major at the graduate school of North Dakota State University, did not start college with the idea of becoming a commodities trader.