About the Challenge
The Saint Joseph’s University Stock Market Challenge is an outreach program to local schools based upon a stock market game. Student teams will compete against other teams both from their school as well as other schools to see who can achieve the highest return over the game period. University professors along with University students, known as investment scholars, will do lessons based on the basics of stock trading, personal finance and basic economics. The goal is to help students understand the basic areas of the business world and more importantly the basic areas of study in a business school while having fun in a competition.
2021 - 2022
More details on the 2021 - 2022 Investment Challenge will be provided soon.
Sponsored by AlphaOne Capital Partners
The SJU Investment Challenge is designed to provide students in high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the opportunity to learn about the stock market, and how the market’s value is affected by individual company events, political events, and the overall economic environment in the United States.
Event Champion: AlphaOne Capital Partners
School Champion: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Second Place: Paul Martino
Pacer Investment Scholars: Pacer Advisors Inc.
Over the course of three months, 159 student teams consisting of over 500 students worked within a portfolio on the EquitySim platform. Students at the high-schools were instructed by Student Investment Scholars from Saint Joseph's University on topics ranging from introduction to a stock through investment strategies. Each team had the opportunity to invest on the portfolio they chose. The purpose of the contest was for the student to connect news, research and the world around them to the U.S. Stock Market.
During the competition students were evaluated on the prudence of their investment strategies, how well were they able to explain those strategies and the economic factors that influenced the stock market during the period.