ifs Student Investor Challenge 2015/16

The ifs Student Investor Challenge is back once again and better than ever. Register now to play »

The ifs Student Investor Challenge is the UK's premier investment competition with over 100,000 students from 2,500 schools benefiting from the experience in previous years. There are a whole host of prizes available, including a trip to New York!

Want to know more? Watch our video guides.

New for 2015/16: This year we have more games on offer and more chances to progress than ever before! Find out more here or just dive straight in to the new trading rules.


Do you have the skills to make a winning portfolio?

The competition involves teams investing virtual money on the London Stock Exchange. Students will need to keep their portfolios healthy by following the ups and downs of the market, judging when to buy and sell in order to make a profit. Find out more about the challenge.

Start practice trading today

The challenge hasn't started yet, but in the meantime you can log on and practice so you are a master of share trading when the competition opens on 12 October 2015!

When does the challenge run?

Trading in the first round of the challenge begins on 12 October 2015 and will run until 29 January 2016. After this, the top teams will compete against each other in an online semi-final from 22 February to 18 March 2016 for a place in the national final. Until then, practice trading is open until 9 October 2015.

Resources for teachers

The competition is straightforward, not time-consuming and can be completed entirely outside of lesson times. We have provided some student guides and teacher notes to get you started. You can also request materials to help promote the challenge at your school.


"It was exciting, educational and the most important thing – it totally changed my mind for the future – now I want to be an investor!"

Harry, Glenthorne High School, aged 14

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