Saxo Bank and Abu Dhabi University to invest in traders of tomorrow

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Published February 3rd, 2015 - 08:03 GMT
Fadi Mehdi, Head of Abu Dhabi Office and Dr. Jacob Chacko, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Abu Dhabi University
Fadi Mehdi, Head of Abu Dhabi Office and Dr. Jacob Chacko, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Abu Dhabi University

Saxo Bank, a fully licensed and regulated Danish bank specialising in online trading and investments, has announced the launch of its first ever Stock Market Competition called, ‘The Abu Dhabi University Postgraduate Investment Competition 2015’ in association with The College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University (ADU).

The initiative by Saxo Bank and ADU will involve postgraduate students from over 40 universities in the UAE and a further 20, and possibly more, from across the GCC to participate in the virtual trading competition. Following their active participation in online trading the students will present their investment strategies to a panel of expert judges at an award ceremony to be held at the ADU campus on 28 March 2015.

The students’ investment strategies will involve trading on Saxo Bank’s award-winning portal using USD100,000 in virtual money. An online contest that will allow students to test their knowledge and skills against other students from different universities, the goal is to evaluate each student’s performance on the basis of their investment strategies as well as their overall virtual returns.

Saxo Bank will also allow access to an online orientation to all students who wish to participate and has called in entries to be submitted from February 8th to 18th, 2015.

To ensure informed participation, all entrants will need to register and familiarize themselves with the use of the trading system by Saxo Bank. The participants will be able to officially start their real-time virtual trading from February 19th to March 21st, 2015.

Fadi Mehdi, office manager of Saxo Bank Abu Dhabi, said: “Our powerful suite of products has been enabling numerous banks, brokerages and private clients to trade online since 1992. We are delighted to be partnering with Abu Dhabi University to provide this invaluable opportunity for UAE and GCC students to hone their investment strategies."

Commenting on the significance of the “Abu Dhabi University Postgraduate Investment Competition 2015”, Basant Mohammed, Competition Manager explained that it represents an opportunity that will enable investment savvy postgraduate students from universities all around the GCC to make the vital connection between theory and practice. “One of the great aspects of Abu Dhabi University’s partnership with Saxo Bank is that it allows students who wouldn’t normally have access to it, to trade on a platform that is quite unique,” she added.

Entrance to the competition is free for eligible students who can register online at: 

The prizes being sponsored by Saxo Bank include USD10,000 for the first place, a two-nights’ trip to Saxo Bank’s head office in Copenhagen for second, and an iPhone 6  for third place. Two additional iPads will be awarded to two other participants who demonstrate particularly noteworthy investment strategies with further prizes to all participants. 

Background Information

Saxo Bank

Saxo Group are leading fintech specialists, connecting traders, investors and partners to FX, CFDs, stocks, options, futures and more, from a single account.

In 1998 we launched one of the first online trading platforms, making professional-grade tools and multi-asset market access available to everyone.

We continue to break down barriers in global capital markets through our fintech expertise. By delivering premium service, competitive prices and intuitive platforms, we empower traders and investors to take control of their financial future.

Abu Dhabi University

The dream began with the Charter of Abu Dhabi University in the year 2000, After three years of planning, the university opened its doors in September 2003, to an entering class of 1,000 students on its two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Unlike other colleges and universities in the UAE, ADU undertook the measures necessary to ensure that all of the degree programs it would offer had secured accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in advance of any students enrolling in them.

ADU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees based upon the American model of higher education.

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