Rotman Online Trading Competition 2021


The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab is pleased to present our 9th 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 two different cases. The competition will take place online on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. The top 2 performing teams (4 students in total) will be invited to form the University of Toronto Team at the Rotman International Trading Competition - Celebration Edition (RITC-CE) 2021, which will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2021.


  1. Registration Deadline: Monday, January 11th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST
  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. If you have a Mac, please reach out to

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

Cases and Supplements

The ROTC 2021 Case Package is posted here.

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

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

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


The competition will be scored on a team basis. The Scoring Methodology is posted here.




 Monday, Dec 21st, 2020

 Registration Opens

 Monday, Dec 21st, 2020

 Practice Server Opens

 Monday, January 11th, 2021 @ 11:59 pm EST

 Registration Deadline

 Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EST



The competition will be held online on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 from 2:00 pm EST to approximately 4:00 pm EST. It will run until each of the heats 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: