DFE's sponsored competitions allow Duke students to the learn about the range of roles in the financial markets through hands-on, team-driven experiences. We partner with a financial firm for each competition, creating opportunities for students to receive feedback on their work from finance professionals. All Duke sophomores on campus, regardless of major, are eligible to participate. 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.

Goldman Sachs Trade Pitch Competition (Spring Semester)

The objective of this spring semester competition is for students to learn how to create and justify a trade idea on behalf of a hedge fund. Students work in self-selected teams of three to propose a unique trade (buying and/or short-selling specific securities) and create a presentation with an explanation of the trade thesis. The top 10 teams are invited to present their trade idea to a panel of Goldman investment professionals. Duke sophomores from all majors are invited to participate.

This competition is offered in collaboration with the Duke Investment Club.

Spring 2020 Winners:

1st Place: Enoch Kuan, William Ramundo, George Samwick
2nd Place: Anastasia Parafestas, George Sanchez, Smiti Shah
3rd Place: Kevin Chao, Daniel Hepworth, David Xian


Morgan Stanley Trading Game (Fall Semester)

The Trading Game, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, enables sophomores to learn about trading, portfolio management, and risk and return by trading a simulated portfolio of global securities throughout the fall 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 will find the Trading Game helpful as a way to get in the practice of watching the markets. All Duke sophomores are eligible to participate.


Wells Fargo Corporate Valuation Competition (Fall Semester)

In the fall, DFE invites sophomores of all majors to participate in a corporate valuation competition sponsored by Wells Fargo. Participating in this competition enhances students understanding of how investment banks value corporations as part of deal activity such as mergers, acquisitions, and LBOs. It is valuable for students interested in all roles in the financial markets. The top 10 teams present their trades to a panel of visitors from Wells Fargo.


BlackRock Asset Allocation Competition (Fall Semester)

The Asset Allocation Competition, sponsored by BlackRock, teaches students about the portfolio allocation process. The competition requires 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 present to a panel of BlackRock representatives.