Rotman Online Trading Competition 2018


The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab is pleased to present our 7th annual Rotman Online Trading Competition (ROTC). This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campus). Students will participate in teams of two and trade three different cases. The competition will take place online on December 2nd, 2018. The top 3 performing teams (6 students in total) will be invited to form the University of Toronto Team at the Rotman International Trading Competition 2019, which will take place from Thursday, February 21st to Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.


  1. Registration Deadline: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
  2. You must register in teams of 2 people in order to participate; we will not accept registrations from individual students. Only one member needs to register for the team.
  3. Register at the following link: ROTC Registration 
  4. You will receive an email when the competition case package and the practice servers are made available.
  5. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the competition begins with your username and password that will allow you to log-in to the correct RIT server being used for the competition. Please do not lose this information as you will not be able to compete without it. Our Lab staff cannot assure that username and password are retrieved/reset in case someone loses them.

Rotman Interactive Trader (RIT)

Rotman Online Trading Competition will be executed using the RIT Software. For traders/competitors who are unfamiliar with this software, the RIT's official website gives detailed instructions and allows you to download RIT onto your computer.  On the RIT website you will find a demo of the software as well as tutorial videos.

For detailed instructions on how to install the RIT Client and the RTD Links, please download: RIT Client and RTD Installation Instructions

For information on how to use the RIT Client and its features, please refer to the following user guides:


ROTC 2018 Case Package

Practice servers are available now. Here's more detailed information on how you can connect to them. 


The competition will be scored on a team basis. Further details on the Scoring Methodology are available at the following link: ROTC Scoring Methodology

For the Sales & Trader Case, here's the S&T Performance Self-Evaluation Tool

For the Volatility Trading Case, here's the Volatility Trading Performance Self-Evaluation Tool

For the Algorithmic Trading Case, here's the Algo Base Support Sheet




 Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 

 Registration Opens

 Friday, November 9th, 2018

 Practice Server Runs

 Saturday, November 24th, 2018 @ 11:59pm

 Registration Deadline

 Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 @ 10:00am


The competition will be held online on Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00am to approximately 1:00pm. It will run until each of the subheats described in the ROTC Case Package document is completed.


There is no registration fee. Traders/competitors are required to use their own computers during the competition. Since this is an online competition, internet speed can affect your performance. Each participant is responsible for ensuring the internet connection and stability of the workstation. The Rotman Finance Lab is not responsible for any network crash or for performance resulting from a competitor’s poor internet connection. 

Please direct questions regarding the competition to: