TradeStation Trading Challenge

Official Rules


This is a simulated trading competition. Software download, Internet access and use of a valid non-IRA TradeStation equities brokerage account are required to participate. Challenge consists of three individual trading competitions for each of the three trading weeks – January 22-26, 2018, January 29-February 2, 2018 and February 5-9, 2018 – as well as the final trading competition, February 12-16, 2018, each beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and ending at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Open only to non-professional TradeStation brokerage customers, each of whom must be a legal resident of any one of the 50 U.S. states or D.C. (excluding residents of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont) and age of majority+ as of January 1, 2018. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on January 10, 2018, and must be completed with a funded account by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 19, 2018, to be eligible to participate in week one of the challenge. PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 5,000 CLIENTS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION. Normal Internet access, data and usage charges may apply. Void in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES.

At the end of each of the initial three trading weeks, the 4 participants with the highest percentage gain in their respective portfolios’ aggregate value (highest P/L percentage) during that trading week will qualify for the final trading competition, subject to verification. In the event there are any ties for the top 4 positions, tying participants also will qualify for the final competition. Weekly prizes for each of the initial three trading weeks: $500 per winner (top 4 plus any ties). Final trading week winner will be determined based on the highest percentage gain (highest P/L percentage) in his or her portfolio’s aggregate value during trading week four. Final first-place prize: $5,000. Final second-place prize: $2,500. Final third-place prize: $1,000. All prize amounts will be deposited into the winner’s individual non-IRA TradeStation equities brokerage account. TradeStation’s normal commissions, service fees and exception fees apply to account activity. Funds may be withdrawn from a TradeStation equities brokerage account subject to standard wire or electronic funds transfer fees, pursuant to TradeStation’s regular business practices. Agreement to terms and conditions concerning the account is required for use of the account and to redeem the value of the prize.

The TradeStation Simulator is for educational purposes only. Trading in an actual non-simulated account involves substantial risks, including loss of principal. You must consider all relevant risk factors, including your personal financial situation, before trading. Trading results based on simulated, hypothetical or historically tested trading strategies or systems do not necessarily compare to results of actual trading. No simulated, hypothetical or historical trading record can account for the level of risk present in actual trading. Numerous factors relating to market conditions, the existence or nonexistence of specific events or circumstances, human error, human/emotional reaction to losses during actual trading, inherent limitations of certain simulated, hypothetical or historically tested models, particularly ones that do not operate at the “tick” (as opposed to open, high, low, close) level, volume of trade and liquidity differences between simulated or hypothetical models and actual trades, and other supply/demand differences that may not be addressed by simulated or hypothetical models, and other conditions and circumstances, can account for these differences. There is no guarantee that your simulated or hypothetical trading results, even if tested against historical data, will produce comparable actual trading results. In fact, there are frequently sharp differences between simulated, hypothetical or historically tested performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading system or strategy. The possible reasons for this include the likelihood that no trading strategy or system can, even with automated trading, be precisely executed as designed.