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ifs Student Investor Challenge 2014/15

The game is afoot and trading is brisk! Has your team started trading yet?

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 how to play and strategy videos.

Have you started trading yet?

All teams taking part in the challenge need to make their first trade by midnight on 31 December at the latest!

Do you have the skills to invest £100,000 to make a winning portfolio?

The competition involves teams investing £100,000 of virtual money in the stock market. Students need to keep portfolios healthy by reading and forecasting market information provided online to identify shares and make judgements of when to buy and sell in order to make a profit. More information can be found in the teacher and student guides here.

Have you started trading yet?

All teams need to make their first trade on or before midnight on 31 December – after this time you will not be able to join this year's competition. There's still plenty of time to win a place in the semi-finals, so why not start trading today?

When can I play?

This year's challenge is already up and running. Trading started on 13 October 2014 and will run until 30 January 2015 after which the top teams will compete against each other in an online challenge for a place in the national final.

November prize winner

Congratulations to 'abc1234' from Sevenoaks School who had November's best performing portfolio.

Each month, the best performing team in each region also wins a place in our wildcard draw for a place in the regional finals. November's wildcard entrants are:

  • 'The Islay Traders' from Islay High School
  • 'Capital Gains' from The King's School, Grantham
  • 'the only way is equity' from Ivybridge Community College
  • 'abc1234' from Sevenoaks School

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.


"The ifs Student Investor Challenge has been a marvellous experience for the RGS Guildford. The share trading competition allowed the boys to learn a great deal about how the stock market works, as well as being great fun. The team were rewarded for their professionalism, learning more from their stock picking disasters than from their successes."

David Wright, tutor of 'Flash Crash Algos', the winning team of the 2012/13 challenge.

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