Tournament Trading Competitions–A New Way to Attract Capital

Tournament Trading Competitions–A New Way to Attract Capital

April 10, 2013 Uncategorized
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(Last Updated On: January 18, 2017)

The investment management business is a major Catch-22: On one hand you need a track record; but to get a track record you need assets.

So if you don’t have assets you can’t get a track record and if you don’t have a track records you can’t get assets.


Luckily, entrepreneurs have found a way to identify up and coming traders who don’t have a track record–tournament competitions!

The idea is simple.

  1. Identify a pool of capital looking to invest in emerging managers.
  2. Set up a tournament that attracts a very large talent pool.
  3. Utilize a 100% transparent competition structure to identify the top talent in the talent pool.
  4. Allocate to the top talent.
  5. Rinse and repeat.

Who’s in the Tournament game thus far?

The biggest entrant is Battle Fin. We actually entered this tournament out of curiosity and to our surprise–Won!

But Battle Fin isn’t the only tournament on the block. I’ve run into a couple more very recently:


If you’re interested in testing your skills out against other traders in a competition for investment dollars, check them out!

Have any readers had experience in these tournaments? How was it? Feel free to share.

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Wesley R. Gray, Ph.D.

After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned a PhD, and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management that delivers affordable active exposures for tax-sensitive investors. Dr. Gray has published four books and a number of academic articles. Wes is a regular contributor to multiple industry outlets, to include the following: Wall Street Journal, Forbes,, and the CFA Institute. Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude with a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.