HIGH SCHOOL FINANCE COMPETITION

 

The well-being of our staff, students and community partners are of paramount importance and for this reason, we have decided to hold the 2021 Dhillon School of Business High School Finance Competition completely virtual this year. 

The High School Finance Competition is an annual accounting and finance focused competition presented by the Dhillon School of Business at the University of Lethbridge. It is open to high school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Students will represent their high school while competing in a team of three to four. Students will participate in an investment challenge followed by a presentation of their results and experiences from the investment challenge to an expert challenge of judges. Lastly students will be tested on their trading skills.

Registration for the 2021 High School Finance Competition is officially open as of Feb. 1st.   Please register here.

Interested in other opportunities available to high school students? Fill out our information request form.  For any additional questions please contact dhillon.cfmrt@uleth.ca 

Details:

Each team (comprised of 3 to 4 students) will compete in three main categories:

1. Investment Challenge (March 1 - April 30 | worth 20%)

  • Teams will invest and manage a portfolio over the duration of the Investment Challenge using simulated money in real markets.
  • Teams are encoured to use financial statements and ratio analysis to inform their investment decisions - further information on these topics will be provided once registration has closed. 
  • Investment options may be limited by market sector(s).
  • The top performing team from each school will move on to compete in the Investment Challenge Presentation and Trading Challenge. 

2. Investment Challenge Presentation (May 3 - May 7 | worth 40%)

  • Each team will be required to create a video no longer than 8min in length and in the format of *.mp4.
  • The top team from each school will be invited virtually to present in a recording the results of their Investment Challenge to a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals and uLethbridge faculty members.
  • Near the end of the Investment Challenge, the top team from each school will be provided with information on how to properly account for capital losses or gains from their investments in an example income profile that is to be included in their Investment Challenge Presentation. 
  • Teams will be given seven minutes to present.
  • All team members must participate in the Investment Challenge presentation.
  • Presentations should address the following questions:
    • How did you decide on what to buy, and how much to buy?
    • How much money did you make or lose?
    • Why and how did you make or lose money?
    • What would you have done differently if you were to start over?
    • What did you learn from participating in the Investment Challenge?
    • Based on the example income profile provided to you, how much would your capital gains or losses affect your net income at the end of the year, after taxes. 
    • Presentations will be scored out of 100:
      • 25/100 - Content
        • e.g. relevance of information, appropriate length and level of detail
      • 25/100 - Organization
        • e.g. structure of presentation, use of all team members, timing
      • 25/100 - Physical Behavior
        • e.g. good eye contact and appropriate physical gestures vs. unnecessary and nervous movements
      • 25/100 - Responses to the Questions
        • e.g. on the point, not defensive, within time limit, consultative to team, nominated spokesperson or responses shared among team
  • Teams will be ranked based on their presentation scores.

3. Trading Challenge (May 24 - May27  | worth 40%)

  • Each student will participate in two live virtual trading cases in the Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching (CFMRT, aka the Trading Room).
  • Students will be competing against each other in real-time for a duration of 4 minutes per case.
  • Each case will have a different learning objective.
  • Opportunities to practice each case in advance will be provided.
  • Students are encouraged to ask as many questions as possible during case practices to ensure they fully understand each case before competing.
  • Teams will be ranked based on their overall performance throughout the Trading Challenge.
  • Training on the software and cases will be provided the day of the competition, in addition, optional training will be made available prior to the competition.

Teams will be ranked in each category. The Investment Challenge is worth 20% of a team’s final ranking, the Investment Challenge Presentation is worth 40% of a team’s final ranking, and the Trading Challenge is worth 40% of a team’s final ranking.

Note: Each team will receive a private session with an event organizer to explain in more detail how the event will work as well as answer any questions students may have prior to the start of the Investment Challenge. In addition, students are allowed one teacher supervisor per team that may provide help to their team.

Schedule (2021)

1. Investment Challenge - March 1 - April 30

2. Investment Challenge Presentation - May 3 - May 7

3. Trading Challenge - May 24 - May27

4. Award Day - May 28 (Guest speaker, award ceremony)

Prizes:

1st Place Team (overall) – Team Trophy, Individual Trophies and Dhillon School of Business Entrance Awards (Amount $1000/ea.)
2nd Place Team (overall) – Team Trophy, Individual Trophies, and Dhillon School of Business Entrance Awards (Amount $750/ea.)
3rd Place Team (overall) – Team Trophy, Individual Trophies, and Dhillon School of Business Entrance Awards (Amount $500/ea.)

Rules:

  • The University of Lethbridge is the official organizer of the event.
  • Competitors must be currently enrolled in a Canadian high school and in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Teams must be made up of three to four high school students, in addition, each team is allowed one teacher advisor that they may use to consult with throughout the competition.
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.
  • Judging will be in accordance with the organizer’s set of judging criteria. The judges’ decisions are final and no disputes/correspondence will be entertained before, during or after the competition.
  • Participants are taking part in this competition strictly at their own risk.
  • One team per school.  *Schools can submit multiple teams but only the top performing team in the Investment Challange from each school will move on to compete in the Investment Challenge Presentation and Trading Challenge.
  • Team trophies are awarded to the winning high school(s) on behalf of their competing students.
  • In the event of registrations exceeding the number of spots available, the organizer reserved the right to process the registrations on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Should the competition be postponed, shortened, extended, or canceled due to circumstances beyond the organizer’s control, the organizer and it agents shall not be held responsible for any loss, directly or indirectly, sustained by the participants and sponsors.
  • The organizer reserved the right to change the rules and regulations at any time without prior notice.

Materials:

  • Materials for the 2021 High School Finance Competition will be released once registration has closed.