Derivatives-Based Trading Competitions: A Survey of Formats

This paper provides an overview of four alternative derivatives trading competition formats that provide students with an opportunity to learn about a topic that is widely recognized as being among the most conceptually challenging topics in business. Trading competitions afford students with an active, experiential learning opportunity that helps them to better understand the nature and mechanics of derivatives instruments and the markets in which these securities are traded. Trading competitions also offer a way for schools of business to leverage the use of the often significant investment in trading room facilities. Competitions also help to broaden awareness of investment and trading programs across campus and serve as one potential way to expand cross-campus collaborative research and learning opportunities. This review will be useful to any school currently considering adding a derivatives trading program to its menu of offerings in finance and investments.