Quantitative trading competition Q14
Guaranteed investments of $2,250,000

Enter the biggest algorithmic trading competition.
The best 3 algorithms get guaranteed investments of:
$1,000,000  |  $750,000  |  $500,000
You pocket half of the performance fees as long as your algo performs.
Submit your trading algorithm before January 1. 2021.
Write a trading algorithm on futures and submit it to the Quantiacs platform before the deadline. Your code remains a black box and you always keep the IP. Use Quantiacs’ free futures data and the free and open source back testing toolbox.
There are two main phases in the competition: The submission period and the live simulation period.
Deadline for trading algorithm submissions:   12/31/2020 (11:59:59PM PST)

Once your trading algorithm is uploaded you cannot change it but you can submit new versions of it (up to 10 submissions per day). Only the top 20 submissions, ranked according their in-sample Sharpe ratio between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2020, will take part the the live evaluation phase and be eligible for an award. All submitted trading algorithms will be simulated for 4 months with live market data.

Live simulation period:   01/01/2021 – 04/30/2021 (11:59:59PM PST)

Your final score is the lower of your Sharpe Ratio of your backtest, which starts on January 1, 2005, and the Sharpe Ratio of the live simulation (Min[Sharpe Ratio backtest, Sharpe Ratio live]). If you submit several trading systems we will take the one with the highest score. We will announce the winners at the beginning of May 2021. The three best algorithmic trading systems get guaranteed investments of $500,000, $750,000, and $1,000,000.

To score in the competition your trading algorithm:
• Trades all or a subset of liquid futures (you can use stocks in your indicators) as defined in the below list
• Have a live Sharpe Ratio that is no less than the backtest Sharpe ratio divided by two
• Evaluates in less than 30 minutes on our servers (rule of thumb)
• Returns the same result if it is run twice (deterministic)
• Have a backtest Sharpe Ratio greater than 1.0
• Does not use ex post common knowledge (e.g. ‘don’t trade in 2008 and 2009’)
• Uses a maximum lookback of 2520 trading days
For a detailed collection of all rules please see the official rules.
For the purpose of the Q14 contest your system will be eligible for an award only if it trades all of a subset of the following 75 futures:
F_AD, F_BO, F_BP, F_C, F_CC, F_CD, F_CL, F_CT, F_DX, F_EC, F_ED, F_ES, F_FC, F_FV, F_GC, F_HG, F_HO, F_JY, F_KC, F_LB, F_LC, F_LN, F_MD, F_MP, F_NG, F_NQ, F_NR, F_O, F_OJ, F_PA, F_PL, F_RB, F_RU, F_S, F_SB, F_SF, F_SI, F_SM, F_TU, F_TY, F_US, F_W, F_XX, F_YM, F_AX, F_CA, F_DT, F_UB, F_UZ, F_GS, F_LX, F_SS, F_ZQ, F_VX, F_AE, F_BG, F_BC, F_DM, F_AH, F_CF, F_FB, F_FP, F_FY, F_GX, F_LR, F_ND, F_NY, F_RR, F_RF, F_RP, F_RY, F_SX, F_TR, F_EB, F_F
Please see  www.quantiacs.com/For-Quants/Markets.aspx for definitions. Other markets available at  www.quantiacs.com/For-Quants/Markets.aspx can be used (for example) as external indicators. However, a system which trades other markets will not be eligible for an award.