University of Brighton Alumni Association

OSTC Brighton v Sussex Trading Challenge 2018

The OSTC Trading Challenge facilitated by alumni Sam Baker provides a unique opportunity for finance students to test their trading skills on a live simulated trading platform. The virtual environment allows students to trade financial derivatives across a range of products including; commodities, equities and fixed income.

The University’s OSTC trading room enables students to use virtual funds to invest in the market as they see fit. The markets and industry news are real; the positions, profits and losses are fictional.

The challenge teaches students to make decisions under pressure, take calculated risks and experience the excitement of the trading floor. The student with the largest profit at the end of the competition is invited to a week-long experience as a Junior Trader at the OSTC Brighton office. The top five traders from the event receive a trophy at the annual awards evening held in Brighton.

This year’s event was a close affair with Brighton taking the overall victory for the second year a row! This takes the overall series to 3-3 making the competition in 2019 even more exciting.

The event as always was very well received with over 40 students attending each of the launch events and continually asking questions throughout the game period. There was a huge range of skill bases involved, from first time traders to those that had traded before on their own.

The aim of the event is offer students a taster of life as a trader to allow them to make

an informed decision as to whether this is the career for them. It also enables OSTC to interact with students who have a passion for the financial markets and have implemented successful strategies over the course of the 5 week event.

OSTC Brighton have a number of alumni from both Brighton and Sussex universities, with previous winners still succeeding at the highest level within the OSTC group.

‘As an alumni of Brighton University, it gives me great pleasure to offer the same opportunity to others that I received when I left university. Working with OSTC not only gave be a great start to my career, but changed my life too’ – Sam Baker

In order to become a successful trader we look for graduates with good numerical and analytical skills; an entrepreneurial attitude; a disciplined approach to work; and the commitment and dedication to succeed.

Nic Ashton • April 5, 2018

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