Competitions

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, regardless of major, are eligible 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.

The Trading Game, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, helps sophomores learn about trading, portfolio management, and risk and return. Throughout the fall semester, players manage simulated portfolios of global securities via Stockfuse. They gain intimate knowledge of the movements of major financial markets and experience the thrills and spills of developing 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.

Fall 2020 Winners:

Overall winner: William Xie
Period 1 winner: Adrian Doan
Period 2 winner: Angikar Ghosal

In the fall semester, 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.

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 winners! 

1st place: Lillian Vore, Han Zhang, Ivy Zhang 
Watch Lillian, Han, and Ivy's winning presentation

2nd place: Jack Glusman, Ayaan Patel, Jackson Roberts

3rd place: Alex Dastin, Aidan Fetterly, Morgan Mackenzie

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 are invited to participate. The top teams present to a panel of BlackRock representatives.

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 winning teams:

1st place: Lucas Alves, William Frauen, Klever Rosales
Watch Lucas, William, and Klever's winning presentation

2nd place: Charles Chitty, Esme Govan, Ben Smith

3rd place: Derek Chen, Miryam Rudolph, Hannah Zhang

The objective of this 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 2021 Winners:

Best Presentation Overall: Ethan Bhojani, Nick Camposano, and Rob Wilds

Best Deck: Diya Chadha, Julia Deitelbaum, and Thomas Murphy

Best "Special Situations" Presentation: Charles Chitty, Alexa Goble, and Jiaqi Zhang
Watch Charles, Alexa, and Jiaqi's presentation.

Best Hedge: Eddie Chen, Ivy Zhang, and Jason Zhang