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.

Registration for the ifs Student Investor Challenge opens at 12.00pm on 15 September 2014

When can I play?

Trading begins 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 final. Teams can also take part in our practice game from 15 September to 10 October 2014.

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 here. You can also request materials to help promote the challenge at your school.

Who can play?

The competition is open to UK students who will be aged 14-19 on 31 July 2015. Teams consist of four students and must be registered by a teacher – each school can enter as many teams as they like. To register you will need a Teacher Reference Number which will be sent to schools in early September 2014. All the competition rules can be found in full here. 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.

"The thing that I enjoyed most was the rush that you got when you saw your shares rocket up, it was so exciting just waiting to see if you were going to make a profit. The tension was exhilarating."

Emily, Alleyne's Academy, aged 16.

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