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.

DFE’s annual trading game, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, teaches sophomores about trading, portfolio management, and risk and return by allowing them to trade a simulated portfolio of global securities throughout the fall semester. Players 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. The game is hosted on the Stockfuse platform.

Fall 2021 Winners:

Top Player Overall: David Turner 

Period 1 Top Player: Mazen Selim 

Period 2 Top Player: Sachin Shah 

Period 3 Top Player: Mason Zhao 

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. 

Congratulations to the Fall 2021 winning teams:

Best Overall: Oum Lahade, Michael Legesse, Cindy Xu

Runner Up: Trey DiCarlo, Pierce Lutz, Cason Pierce

Honorable Mention: Audrey Hicks, Emily Hughes, Taylor Perlman

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 your 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 2021 winners! 

1st Place: Maxwell Brown, Thomsen Hoops, Ryan Hu

2nd Place: Clare Abboud, Peter Caragol, David Turner

3rd Place: Ella Bergner, Stanley Sunata, Eric Zhang

4th Place: Suyash Chandak, Amiya Mehrotra, Naman Parikh

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 Sachs investment professionals. Duke sophomores from all majors are invited to participate.

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

Fall 2021 Winners:

1st Place: Oum Lahade, Michael Legesse, Cindy Xu

2nd Place: Emilienne Columbus, Charles Hipps, Christian Wright

3rd Place: Sujay Alluri, Tejas Juware, Julian Mazhar