Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Winners Announced - Fall 2018 ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - After 10 weeks of intense competition, characterized by constant change atop the leaderboard and double digit returns among the top ten finishers, the Fall 2018 ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge has come to a close. Our seventh edition of the Portfolio Challenge brought a new wave of talented college students from a diverse array of universities and academic backgrounds. Drawing students from 253 schools, 41 countries on 5 continents, this semester’s competition helped enlarge the portfolio challenge’s already broad global footprint and create highly competitive playing conditions.

Our contestants all began the semester with a virtual balance of $100,000 and with the task of constructing the best performing portfolio of ETFs. Students were afforded weekly rebalance opportunities and to invest in a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 ETFs at a time. Despite facing heavy competition all semester, these 5 select students below were able to separate themselves from the rest of the field.

Please join us in congratulating the top 5 winners of the Fall 2018 ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge!

Portfolio Return
Rongbai Xue
Tulane University
Ronika Choudhury
Birkbeck, University of London
Brennan Siemens
University of Manitoba
Binru Wu
Tulane University
Ha Nguyen
Keuka College

Our winners hailed from four different schools in three different countries. Our first place winner, Rongbai Xue, rode the unpredictable volatility of the markets this fall. Investing heavily in VelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN and iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Rongbai was able to produce returns in excess of 50%. Both Ronika and Brennan invested mainly in Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X and Direxion Shares Exchange Traded Fund Trust helping them to earn returns of 37.19% and 22.96% respectively. Binru was able to achieve 22.64% returns through investing in a mix of Trust backed ETFs and Short-Term Treasury Bond ETNs. Finally, our fifth place finisher Ha focused on energy themed ETFs and had a portfolio heavily weighted in Oil & Gas products.

As the Top 5 Winners of this semester’s challenge, these students will be featured and recognized during the ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge Awards Ceremony at the upcoming Spring 2019 ETP Forum (www.etpforum.org) on Tuesday, April 30th at the New York Athletic Club.

Please see below for the students that rounded out our Top 25 participants:

Portfolio Return
Thomas Duvalleroy
SKEMA Business School
Dwayne Safer
Messiah College
Brahim Mokrane
ESCP Europe
Shang Wang
Rutgers University
Meng Jia
Rutgers University
Rocio Anahi Cejas
Oxford Brookes University
Arnas Leika
Birkbeck, University of London
Matthew Vangalen
University of Detroit Mercy
Spiro Pliakos
University of Detroit Mercy
Alexa Yonan
University of Detroit Mercy
Benjamin Wilson
Messiah College
Yili Zhao
St. John’s University
Michael Conceison
University of Maine
Shweta Desai
University of Maine
Yael Borovich
University of Manitoba
Claire Bradley
University of Tampa
Darshan Patel
University of Tampa
Jaime Garcia-Yanes
University of Tampa
John Polchow
St. John’s University
Alex Roszkowski
St. John’s University

Since its inception in the Fall 2015, the ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge has attracted students from 6 continents and 450 schools. As Millennials continue to increase their usage of ETFs, we encourage all college students to take advantage of this opportunity and learn about this fast-growing investment vehicle before they enter the marketplace.

Registration for the Spring 2018 competition will open at the end of January.  For more information and to sign-up for the Challenge, please visit: www.etfportfoliochallenge.com.

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