Which simulations can you play?
Sit in the seat of a MarketMaker and try to manage buying and selling from clients, handling a position and managing risk while being in control. This high speed simulation is highly stressful and requires you to think on your feet and make snapshot decisions.
The MarketTrader simulation puts you in the seat of a trader in a dealing room. During the simulation you have to monitor the markets and act on news and price changes, while at the same time give two-way prices and manage position risks.
During the simulation you will experience the continuous demands and stresses, the need for rapid responses and disappointments of a typical trading day. You will be required to adapt your views and trading strategies when faced with changing market conditions.
You can interact with other market players, both real (other participants in the same trading session) and fictive. During the simulation you trade using a pre-programmed scenario from an actual trading day.
You will be tested not only in trading one asset or securities, but also how you trade several assets at the same time. Besides you will not only be trading equities, but this session may also be about trading bonds, interest rates, currencies or even commodities.
The most difficult trading scenario’s offered within this challenge combine not only the so-called cash instruments but also include derivative products such as futures, swaps and options.
In order to succeed in this simulation you should know: how to read a quote, how to trade two way prices in the market and know the difference between market making and market taking.
The ultimate goal of this simulation is: to make as much profit as possible.
Time per round: 30 – 75 minutes
Portfolio Award (PortfolioTrader)
Manage a portfolio of shares, bonds, commodities and options over a period of two months. Make fast choices, analyse positions and figure out hedging strategies. And in the end….make money.
The PortfolioTrader simulation enables you to gain valuable knowledge and experience in the process and execution of a portfolio trading. You are given a certain (fictive) amount of capital which you can invest in a variety of securities. The goal is to maximize returns while adhering to your client’s portfolio objectives and balanced trading risks. The PortfolioTrader simulation uses real market instruments in a real-time environment.
You will get the opportunity to experience which market theories work as expected and what happens when a theory breaks down in practice. You gain an in-depth understanding of market dynamics. You need to create and follow (their own) market expectations as well as experience the emotions involved in managing a portfolio of real instruments in real-time.
Asset Award (PortfolioManager)
When managing a portfolio over a longer period of time you will need to manage asset classes, rather than manage a single position, in for instance a share. You will have to take a broader view and analyse the macro economic effects over a longer period of time.
The PortfolioManager simulation gives you the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in the process of portfolio management and strategic asset allocation. This simulation is a scenario-based simulation that uses actual market data from the (recent) past.
You are given a (fictive) amount of capital which you can strategically invest over asset classes and instruments. The goal is to maximize returns while adhering to your fund objectives and risks. You will gain an in-depth understanding of market dynamics over a longer period of time and can create and follow (their own) market expectations as well as experience the emotions of managing a fund over a longer time horizon.
Over and above you will get the opportunity to see which market theories work as expected and what happens when a theory breaks down in practice.
Managing a bank is like juggling. You continuously need to balance new assets, that have come in from for instance; the loans department, including the financing that is needed for these assets. You will need to take a longer macro economic view of the market and especially on interest rates in order to keep the bank safe. And when you think you are done…the Basel committee changes the rules of the game.
In the BankManager simulation, you will take the role of executive management in a typical bank over a (fictive) period of 10 years. During this simulation you will come across different economic conditions, changes in interest rates, inflation and asset returns.
You will also experience funding issues alongside the changing behavior of loans to corporate clients and private individuals.
This simulations is all about managing the balance sheet of the bank, comply with Central Bank and Basel I/II/III regulations and manage the interests of all stakeholders. You will have to find a way to balance funding and investments throughout various economic conditions.
As a result you will gain an in-depth understanding of the most important issues on managing the balance sheet of a bank, what the different risks are and how to manage these risks.