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APU Wins the 4th Place at CME Group World Trading Challenge

We are delighted to announce that the APU Innovation Forex Traders team, comprising Team Leader, Li Kien Wong and Team Members Muhammad Talha, Jo Anne Wong, Shuya An, Yee Chee Liang achieved a remarkable 4th place ranking among 39 universities from the US, Europe and Asia, in the recently concluded 11th CME Group Trading Challenge.  They were the only team from Asia in the Top 4 as well as the only Malaysian team in the final round of 39 teams. In addition, no Asian team was even ranked within the Top 20! Kudos to the Faculty Advisors Owen Chan, Suresh Kumar and Muhammad Umar Islam from the School of Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Studies for guiding the team to this stellar achievement.

This year’s competition which began on February 4, 2014 and concluded on March 7, attracted a record participation of nearly 400 university teams comprising 1,500 students from 31 countries around the world. The final round saw only 39 university teams make the grade, in which APU emerged among the Top 4. APU’s winning team received a cash prize as reward and an invitation to a one-day market education conference at CME Group on April 11.

The 4-week CME Group Trading Challenge is an electronic financial trading competition in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional platform provided by CQG and the world renowned Dow Jones.  In the Preliminary and Challenge rounds, the teams are required to trade in Agriculture, Metals, Energy, Forex, Equities Index and Interest Futures (Note: Futures are an agreement traded on an organized exchange to buy or sell assets, especially commodities or shares, at a fixed price but to be delivered and paid for at a later date). All open contract commissions and penalties are calculated and applied to determine the final balance and the eventual winners. The final ranking of the Top 4 universities in the CME Group Trading Challenge is listed below:

University – Team Name

Final Simulated Account Balance

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya -  Team Ocean Futures


Boston University - Team Lighthouse


Georgia State University - Team Panthers FX Traders


Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation - Team Forex Traders


About the Organisers

As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.

Dow Jones (news.dowjones.com) explains the world and the world of business. With authoritative journalism and smart technology, Dow Jones provides a window on events, clarify issues, inspire new thinking and give readers and business customers the insight they need to make informed decisions. Dow Jones premier brands include The Wall Street Journal, DJX, Dow Jones Newswires, Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch and Financial News.

CQG’s (www.cgq.com) mission is to create innovative solutions for the financial trading industry, offering real-time and historical data integrated with graphics and technical analysis tools. CQG's innovations have become industry standards.CQG remains headquartered in Colorado, where we were founded in 1980. We have more than 450 employees worldwide, with sales and customer support offices in Chicago, New York, Denver, Glenwood Springs, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, and throughout Eastern Europe. CQG provides market data and ISV services in more than 65 countries.

Do join us in celebrating the success of these brilliant students! Congratulations and thumbs up for their excellence!