The Guru smiles and says:

The ifs Student Investor Challenge 2014/15
is Coming Soon!

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!

Have you got the skill to invest £100,000 in a winning portfolio?

The competition involves teams investing £100,000 of virtual money in the stock market. Students will 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. Find out more about the challenge.

When can I play?

Trading begins early November 2014 and will run until the start of February 2015 after which the top teams will go head-to-head in the live regional and national finals. Teams can also take part in our practice game in October.

How do I register?

Registration for the challenge will open in early September 2014. In the meantime, you can register your interest here and we will contact you when registration opens.


"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.

"I have learnt new skills, some of which will be transferable in the future, as well as enabling me to put my participation on my CV and personal statement. It will also look good to prospective future employers, as I have gained a lot of knowledge about trading shares and the finance industry."

Meer Shah, Hills Road Sixth Form College, aged 17.

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