Financial Literacy Program

The China Challenge

Investment Challenge for University of Illinois Students

The China Challenge uses the University of Illinois Securities Exchange Simulation (UISES) investment simulation to give University of Illinois students - regardless of campus or major - practical experience with investments in China.

Wind Logo The simulation provides each student with a ¥6,000,000 portfolio and an on-line brokerage account from which the student buys and sells equities. Daily closing prices from the Shanghai and Shenzhen Exchanges are provided courtesy of Wind Information.

Time Zone Note

The Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges close at 3pm in China. This is 2am in Illinois. Keep in mind that, by UISES rule orders must be placed before the market close. This means that an order places by 1:59am will execute at the market closing price that same day. Orders placed after 2am will execute when the market closes the following day.

There is no China Challenge for Fall 2017. We will resume in the spring semester.

Spring 2018 Prizes

Prizes sponsored by Professor Oltheten


  • $100 for the individual account with the highest rate of return
  • $50 for the individual account with the second highest rate of return
  • $25 for the individual account with the third highest rate of return

  • * All rates of return are measured as at the closing market value on the last day of the challenge period.
  • ** There is no buying on margin or short-selling in the China Challenge. There are also trade parameters that must be met. Make sure that you are familiar with the rules before you begin trading. If your account is disqualified then you will need to wait to next semester before trying again.
  • ***Final Standings exclude portfolios frozen by the UISES system for violation of the overdraft or short position rules, portfolios that did not execute a minimum of five valid executed tranactions, and College and RSO averages that did not end the challenge with a minimum of five valid portfolios.


Shanghai Stock Exchange

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