The DFE aspires to broaden the opportunities for all Duke students to learn about the many different aspects of the financial markets in an extracurricular setting. Each educational competition is sponsored by a financial firm. The competitions begin early in the spring and are open to all Duke sophomores on campus, regardless of major. Students must be on campus to participate.

Duke undergraduates are invited to join the DFE email list to receive information about DFE competitions and activities, including notifications about competition guidelines and registration.

Recent Competitions

Spring 2018 Morgan Stanley Trading Game

The Trading Game, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, enables sophomores to learn about trading, portfolio management, and risk and return by trading a portfolio of global securities throughout the spring semester. Game participants gain intimate knowledge of the movements of major financial markets and experience the thrills and spills of developing losing and winning trading strategies. Students who are considering applying for summer finance internships find the Trading Game helpful as a way to get in the practice of watching the markets. All Duke sophomores are eligible to participate.

Overall Winner: Jacob Ronkin
Monthly Winners: Man-Lin Hsiao and Deniz Simsek


Spring 2018 Goldman Sachs Trade Pitch Competition

This February the DFE hosted a trade pitch competition with sponsor Goldman Sachs. The main objective was for students to learn how to create and justify a trade idea on behalf of a hedge fund. Sophomores from all majors were invited to participate.

First Place Winners: Alex Mao, Gray Spector, Christopher Lee with a pitch for Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Second Place Winners: Ian Buchanan, John McNeil, Michael Nicholson with a pitch for the Algerian Dinar
Third Place Winners: Angela Zhou, Matt Bradley, Kat Guo with a pitch for Monsanto


Spring 2018 Morgan Stanley Stock Pitch Competition

This spring Morgan Stanley and the DFE invited Duke sophomores to participate in a Stock Pitch Competition. Selected students, working in teams of two, presented a "long" or "short" investment thesis on the stock of their choice to a panel of Morgan Stanley professionals.

First Place Winners: Ian Buchanan and Michael Nicholson (TomTom)
Second Place Winners: Jacob Chasan and Isaac Wong (Sears Holding Company)
Third Place Winners: Julia Weidman and Alex Yu (Dave & Busters)


Spring 2018 Deutsche Bank Game Show

For the eighth consecutive year, Deutsche Bank sponsored an on-campus University Challenge-style game show competition for Duke sophomores. Twelve teams of students answered quiz questions pulled from a range of business- and finance-related categories. Preparation for the Game Show is valuable to students planning to interview for finance internships in the summer and fall.

2018 Winners: Mirza Beg, Michael Cai, Pranav Ganapathy, Michael Tan



Spring 2018 BlackRock Asset Allocation Competition

The Asset Allocation Competition, sponsored by BlackRock, teaches students about the portfolio allocation process. The 2018 competition took place in April and required participants to imagine themselves as portfolio managers for an asset management firm that offers a range of investment funds for many different types of individuals and institutions. All Duke sophomores were invited to participate. The top teams presented to a panel of BlackRock representatives and enjoyed a networking reception afterward.

Overall Winning Team: Ian Buchanan, John McNeil, Edward Zhuang
Best Presentation Style: Alex Yu, Alex Sanfilippo, Justin Chae
Best Analytics: Anna Jestin, Iona Camui, Alexis Angel
Most Creative: Zac File, Calum Keeley, CJ Wittmann