HTMW’s Stock Market Contests

Win prizes in our stock market contests!

Find all of the information for any stock contests with prizes we are currently running here!

Who can join?

Anyone can join! Joining our stock market contests is completely free, so Sign Up Today! If you are under 18, by joining this contest you imply that you have obtained your parent’s permission to participate.

How Can I Participate?

The only thing you need is a completely free HowTheMarketWorks account, Click Here to register! If you are already logged in to an account, clicking any of the stock market contest “join” buttons will automatically enter you into the contest – just switch to your contest portfolio and start trading.

What can I win?

The top 5 finishers with the highest portfolio returns will each win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Once I’ve Joined, How Do I Make Trades In My Contest Portfolio?


If you are joined into more than one stock contest, you can switch between your portfolios using the drop-down menu you’ll find near the top of most pages:

Just select the contest you want to start trading in, and you’re set!

Is there a cost?

Nope! No costs, everything we have is completely free! The prizes are sponsored by the brokerage industry to help promote financial literacy and early investment.

Is there any educational value to the contests?

Of course! Everything we do is centered on education. We’ve included lessons on investing, personal finance and economics to reinforce the concepts students learn from the stock market simulation.

The top finishers from each contest are also invited to share their portfolio holdings and give some explanation for their trades to help new beginners learn how to make great trades!

Click Here To See Winning Strategies Posted By Previous Participants

Teachers can also create their own custom contests for their class, and use all HowTheMarketWorks features, research tools, and classroom perks as part of their mathematics, social studies, economics, and personal finance classes, and its all completely free!

Special Rules

  • Each individual is allowed only one portfolio in any contest
  • Winners will be contacted by email to receive their prize. This must be the email address associated with your account. If you need to change your email address, contact
  • Every contest has a starting portfolio value of $100,000 USD, allows only US equities and ETFs.
  • Day trading and short selling are permitted in all contests
  • 2500 max trades per account
  • 25% position limit
  • All winners will be audited, and disqualifications will take place at our team’s sole discretion
  • Winners must claim their prize within 30 days of the results being announced
  • We may ask winners to provide a photo ID upon claiming their prize as part of our auditing process.