Quantitative trading competition Q5, Guaranteed investments of $2,250,000


The biggest algorithmic trading competition with total investments of $2,250,000
Pocket half of the performance fees as long as your algo performs
All eligible trading algorithms that were submitted before April 1st 2016 are now simulated with live data until end of June.
We will announce the winners of the Q5 competition beginning of July 2016.


Write an algorithmic trading system and submit it to the Quantiacs platform. Your code remains a black box and you always keep the IP for your code. Use Quantiacs’ free futures data and the free and open source backtesting toolbox. There are two main phases you for the competition: The submission period and the live simulation period.



Submit your trading system before 11:59pm on March 31st, 2016 to compete for total investments of $2,250,000. Once your trading algorithm is uploaded you cannot change it but you can submit a new version of it. The Sharpe Ratio of you backtest makes the first part of your score.


All submitted algorithmic trading strategies that were submitted before the deadline will be simulated with live market data from April 1st, 2016 until June 30th, 2016. The Sharpe Ratio of this live simulation makes your second score.


The lower of the two scores (Sharpe Ratio backtest & live simulation) makes your final score. We will announce the winners beginning of July. The three best algorithmic trading systems get guaranteed investments of $500,000, $750,000, and $1,000,000.

Good luck!


For a detailed collection of all rules please see the official rules.


Your overall score in the competition is the single trading system with your highest overall score, which computes as

Min(Sharpe Ratio_backtest, Sharpe Ratio_live)

To score your trading system must
  • Evaluate in less than 10 minutes on our servers
  • Return the same result if it is run twice
  • Not use ex post common knowledge, like for example don’t trade in 2008.
  • Use a maximum lookback of 2520 trading days.