IBD Trading Summit

Investor Business Daily 

If you don't have other pressing commitments, I highly recommend you all attend this weekend's trading summit to learn about investing and trading strategies. 

The event is being hosted by Investor Business Daily, a well-known and widely respected digital publisher that covers topics related to finance, economics, stock market, etc.

Lastly, Special shout out to J.T. Balling who discovered and shared this exceptional opportunity with us. Be sure to thank him when you see him!


Price: FREE

When: Saturday, September 10

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center


If you do not have a car and would like a ride, we have a couple members that have room in their car. Please email cuinvest@colorado.edu if you either (A) need a ride or (B) can provide a ride to others by filling out the form below.

Name *
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If you selected "I can provide a ride" for the previous question, enter the number of extra people you can fit into your car.

CQA Investment Challenge


What is the Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA)?

The CQA is a professional organization comprised of leading quantitative investment practitioners. The CQA membership includes investment managers, academics, plan sponsors, consultants, and other investment professionals. The primary goal of the CQA is to facilitate the interchange of ideas between quantitative professionals. For a list of firms with members in CQA see the Companies link. Membership to CQA is selective and members are chosen based upon their background and qualifications.


What is the CQA Investment Challenge?

The CQA Investment Challenge is an equity portfolio management competition that offers students the opportunity to learn and apply stock selection and portfolio management skills. The competition exposes students to simulated real life hedge fund techniques. The contest focuses on both return and risk in evaluating the competitor’s skill and success. CQA members are actively involved in the competition as mentors to the participating teams. The competition requires equity research and portfolio management skills.


How does the Challenge work?

  • The objective is to successfully manage an equity long/short market neutral portfolio over the course of the academic year.
  • The contest runs from mid-October through March.
  • A team can consist of undergraduate junior/senior and/or MBA/MS/MFE students. Typically there are between 3 to 5 members per team.
  • A faculty professor is responsible for selecting and guiding the team.
  • Each team has a CQA member serving as a mentor and advisor.
  • The contest utilizes the Stock-Trak investment simulation platform.
  • The winning team will be determined by the combination of absolute return, risk adjusted return and an evaluation of a strategy presentation. The judging criteria will emphasize risk adjusted returns.
  • Prizes will include $3,000 in prize money distributed across the top three teams ( $1,500, $1,000, and $500). The winning team professor will be invited to attend a CQA conference in Chicago (September) or Las Vegas (April). The resumes of the winning team members will be circulated to all CQA members.


Why participate?

  • Enjoy the competition and have a chance to enhance your resume.
  • Gain access to and insights from successful quantitative investment practitioners.
  • Gain experience managing a hedge fund mandate.

For a student's viewpoint of the competition, check out this video from Chinese University of Hong Kong

Resources for students interested in the financial field can be found at BestColleges.com

Pillars of Wall Street - Financial Modeling Bootcamp

Training the Financial Leaders of Tomorrow

Pillars of Wall Street provides real-world financial training for new and seasoned professionals, as well as university students. Founded by experienced financial instructors who are also former investment bankers, we offer in-house financial training for corporate clients, university seminars for undergraduates and MBAs as well as public courses for smaller groups and individuals. We use our experiences on Wall Street to emphasize practical applications, applying the same level of dedication in the classroom as that required to execute deals. We ensure participants are desk-ready through our live instruction and interactive, case-based approach. Our participants are the financial leaders of tomorrow. Our courses teach participants the pillars that will serve as the cornerstones of their financial careers and drive the success of their organization:


What: The Burridge Center will host another weekend training on financial modeling and Microsoft Excel techniques. Aalok Mody, co-founder and Managing Director of Pillars of Wall Street, will come to campus for an intensive weekend boot camp.

When: Saturday, Sep. 10th and Sunday, Sep. 11th, 9am-5pm

Where: KOBL S125

Early Bird Pricing is currently $350 and will end soon.

Think or Swim

Low Down

Brought to you by TD Ameritrade U, the thinkorswim Challenge is a four-week trading competition, running October 10-November 5, in which teams of students nationwide compete for paper trading supremacy. To set you up right, you'll get access to free professional-level technology and exclusive resources. It's easy to get started and you could win some cool prizes. (Learn More)


Important Dates

  • Trading Drill Registration Deadline: 08/25/2016
  • Trading Drill Start Date: 08/26/2016
  • Trading Drill End Date: 09/09/2016