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Prize Pool for Season 2

First Place

$1800 total prize value

$1800 in ๐Ÿ’ฐAlpha Tokens

Second Place

$900 total prize value

$900 in ๐Ÿ’ฐAlpha Tokens

Third Place

$500 total prize value

$500 in ๐Ÿ’ฐAlpha Tokens

4th to 8th

$100 value for each winner

$100 in ๐Ÿ’ฐAlpha Tokens

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Season 2 in progress (registration close: September 12 | final ranking date: September 24)

Last Refreshed: Sep 20, 18:45 ET | Next Refresh: Sep 21, 18:45 ET

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๐Ÿ”” All the 50 seats for Season 2 have been taken. Final ranking date: September 24 (after US market close)
๐Ÿ’ฐYou can always vote or complete daily challenges to win Alpha Tokens (guide) | ๐Ÿ…Check out the Hall of Fame of previous winners!
Concierge [Sep 1, 01:17 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@Avizura has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
amazingben [Sep 1, 01:21 ET]: @Uther, is this a character from WoW?
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jeremy_berros [Sep 1, 10:53 ET]: Thanks @huffer. I appreciate it!
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vspuzzler [Sep 1, 15:23 ET]: It would be cool if you can turn alpha tokens into real usd
Uther [Sep 1, 15:35 ET]: Hey everyone ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป
Concierge [Sep 1, 15:50 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@jakemann46 has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
huffer [Sep 1, 15:53 ET]: @Uther, greetings :-)
huffer [Sep 1, 15:53 ET]: @vspuzzler, would love to see real-world usage of Alpha Tokens!
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jeremy_berros [Sep 1, 17:35 ET]: @huffer would love to see Alpha Token listed on DEX!
huffer [Sep 1, 17:38 ET]: @jeremy_berros great idea!
jeremy_berros [Sep 1, 17:39 ET]: Btw there is another Alpha Token from Alpha Finance Lab "The ALPHA tokens can also be used for liquidity mining and governance voting."
huffer [Sep 1, 17:41 ET]: @jeremy_berros, cheers to a decentralized future!
jeremy_berros [Sep 1, 17:44 ET]: @huffer I couldn't agree more!
jeremy_berros [Sep 1, 17:45 ET]: In the Alpha Token description it says "1 Alpha Token = 1 US Dollar in value". That sounds like a Stablecoin to me ;D
huffer [Sep 1, 17:50 ET]: ;D
Concierge [Sep 1, 18:42 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@superanalyzer has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
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jeremy_berros [Sep 2, 11:10 ET]: Hi @Concierge @mes . Any update on last season Cash Prices and Alpha Tokens usage ?
huffer [Sep 2, 11:59 ET]: @jeremy_berros, you should have received an email on this
Concierge [Sep 2, 12:18 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@msssingh has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
jeremy_berros [Sep 2, 12:21 ET]: Thanks @huffer. I will take a look at it!
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blackhamjoshua [Sep 2, 15:35 ET]: Hello @All, Good Luck this season!
Concierge [Sep 2, 15:45 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@jromanator has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
Concierge [Sep 2, 16:21 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€@wanderduck has joined the tournament๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
wanderduck [Sep 2, 16:54 ET]: boom boom
huffer [Sep 2, 17:01 ET]: ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€good luck everyone!
bobhob [Sep 3, 13:09 ET]: gl
jeremy_berros [Sep 7, 13:13 ET]: Daily Alpha Token Rewards :D
huffer [Sep 7, 20:48 ET]: :D "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed!"
stockcomps [Sep 8, 14:07 ET]: Loving these daily rewards :)
jeremy_berros [Sep 14, 00:19 ET]: I got to say, the top banner with the guy on the GME bar is pretty slick!
bobhob [Sep 14, 12:34 ET]:
bobhob [Sep 14, 12:34 ET]: how do you guys choose your stocks?
jeremy_berros [Sep 14, 23:00 ET]: @bobhob I let my algorithm pick them. What about you?
bobhob [Sep 14, 23:39 ET]: @jeremy_berros what type of stuff does your algo look for in order to place trades? im doing more of a macro combined with price action strat
jeremy_berros [Sep 15, 00:21 ET]: @bobhob for this Tournament I tried a custom value strat to rank stocks
bobhob [Sep 15, 00:39 ET]: i see, it sounds complex
jeremy_berros [Sep 15, 01:10 ET]: Actually not so much.
bobhob [Sep 15, 10:48 ET]: does it follow mean reversion or trend following? or is it something completely different?
GG11 [Sep 15, 11:52 ET]: I have an algo too
GG11 [Sep 15, 11:52 ET]: Relatively simple esp if you're looking for technicals
GG11 [Sep 15, 11:52 ET]: however if it's Pairs or ML or time series you need expertise
GG11 [Sep 15, 11:53 ET]: there's many books out there that teaches you these things @bobhob
GG11 [Sep 15, 12:06 ET]: Also funny story @bobhob the stocks you pick also appear on the radar of my algo
bobhob [Sep 15, 12:37 ET]: @gg11 what s your algo checking for?
bobhob [Sep 15, 12:38 ET]: i've tried creating my own algos but i dont think they would pick up these stocks
GG11 [Sep 15, 16:25 ET]: Depends. If I want more passive stocks, then a longer term trend, decent fundamentals (have not implemented valuation), and trying to use models like ARIMA to predict price movement. If I'm going shorter term, then just basic technicals.
bobhob [Sep 15, 17:31 ET]: i see. does the model work better on longer terms compared to shorter? i thought more economic factors would dominate longer time frames
GG11 [Sep 15, 20:45 ET]: It has a much greater accuracy on smaller time frames, especially 1m granular data. However, I do want to find a model which can predict longer time frames.
bobhob [Sep 15, 23:38 ET]: interesting. have you tried creating models using only trading rules? im wondering if you had similar successes without ml
amazingben [Sep 16, 01:43 ET]: @GG11, I also use ARIMA for long term trend prediction ๐Ÿ™Œ
GG11 [Sep 18, 22:12 ET]: @amazingben do you use exogenous variables in your model? I'm wondering if people take things like inflation into account.
jeremy_berros [Sep 20, 14:10 ET]: Stonk day today!
jeremy_berros [Sep 20, 14:12 ET]: Looks like the market is freaking out over Evergrande debt.
bobhob [Sep 20, 18:35 ET]: bears must be happy!
amazingben [Sep 21, 01:38 ET]: @GG11, yeah, I feed a small number of econ indicators (inflation, federal fund rate projection, etc.) to the model
superln [Sep 21, 10:14 ET]: @Alphavantage I think you're computing splits/dividends incorrectly. Sadly this will not affect my dead-last ranking so far. But it might affect other people's scores
superln [Sep 21, 10:17 ET]: You can't compute returns using back-adjusted prices UNLESS you also back-adjust our share counts. Back-adjusted prices are redefining "1 share," so you need to adjust our shares inversely using the same adjustment factor. For example, there's some stock in my portfolio that had a 1-for-10 reverse split on the first contest day. You back-adjusted the historical price by 10 (good) but didn't divide my share count by 10 (not good). So you retroactively changed my portfolio weight for this stock tenfold. Same holds for dividends if you're using the CRSP methodology: you need to "reverse DRIP" a dividend's worth of fractional shares into our portfolios to account for a drop in the back-adjusted price before the ex-date.
superln [Sep 21, 10:21 ET]: Instead of using back-adjusted (BA) prices (which require messy share computations) you can forward-adjusted (FA) prices fixed to the contest start date (t = 0). This is what I do. If you already have a BA timeseries and unadjusted as-traded (AT) timeseries , the FA timeseries is FA_t = BA_t / BA_0 * AT_0. What's nice about this is, because FA_0 = AT_0, you can just drop these forward-adjusted prices into all places you're currently using back-adjusted prices, and all issues will be magically fixed.
superln [Sep 21, 10:21 ET]: Except that I'm in last place. I will remain in last place. That issue will not be fixed
superln [Sep 21, 10:32 ET]: I wouldn't complain if AlphaVantage forward-adjusted my competition ranking by all 37 places though, what a miserable portfolio

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How it works

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12 seasons per year

The Alpha Tournament is held once per month - or 12 seasons per year. Any user can participate as long as there are still seats left for a given season.

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50 seats per season

There are NO entry fees to the Alpha Tournament. There is a maximum capacity of 50 seats per season on a first come first serve basis.

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Select your portfolio

The first two weeks of a monthly season are the portfolio selection period, where each participant can specify their investment portfolio (e.g., 5 shares of MSFT + 10 shares of AAPL + 2 shares of TSLA, etc).

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Champions are born!

At the end of each season, prizes in the form of Alpha Tokens will be awarded to the top finishers with the highest percentage returns. The top 3 finishers will also get early registration privilege for the next season.

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Vote for participants

Didn't get a chance to participate? No worries! Vote for your favorite participant and win Alpha Tokens.

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Season in progress

Once the portfolio selections are locked, the season formally begins on the Monday of week 3 and ends on the Friday of week 4 (10 US market trading days). The participants are ranked based on the percentage returns of their portfolios.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical timeline for the tournament?

The Alpha Tournmanet is held around the year, with 12 monthly "seasons". During each monthly season, week 1 and week 2 are tournament registration and portfolio selection periods. The season will then officially begin on the Monday of week 3 and end on the Friday of week 4, with the top finishers declared at the end of each month.

How are the participants ranked in a monthly season?

The participants are ranked by the percentage return of their portfolios. If multiple participants have the same percentage return, whoever submitted their portfolio selection the earliest will win the tie-breaker.

How are the percentage returns calculated for each portfolio / participant?

The percentage return is calculated based on the adjusted close prices of the tickers in a given portfolio. This is a common industry practice to avoid the "noises" from certain corporate actions such as dividend payments or stock splits when calculating portfolio returns.

There are only 50 seats per season. Is there any other way I can participate if I couldn't secure a seat?

Absolutely! You can vote for your favorite participant and receive Alpha Tokens based on the accuracy of your prediction.

What kind of securities or tickers can I include in my starting portfolio?

We currently support US stocks and ETFs, and plan to expand the universe to forex and crypto tickers in the near future.

How can I build a winning portfolio?

The Community Lounge is a great place to exchange investment ideas with fellow community members. You can also check out winning portfolios in the Hall of Fame for inspirations. Our sponsor AWS Data Exchange also has a wealth of free datasets to empower your investment research - for example:

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Hall of Fame

Ranking Season Player Portfolio Final % Return
1 Season 1 ๐Ÿฅ‡ jeremy_berros
1000 xTAST
1000 xSCWX
1000 xGNW
1000 xMSGS
1000 xUFCS
13.6%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
2 Season 1 ๐Ÿฅˆ ahboujee
130 xSQQQ
10 xBABA
31 xGME
12.1%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
3 Season 1 ๐Ÿฅ‰ stepchoi
300 xLGF-B
20 xBILL
100 xSONO
10 xZM
40 xCREE
8.1%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
4 Season 1 ๐Ÿ… vaasu1234
1000 xSUMO
6.7%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
5 Season 1 ๐Ÿ… mikehy135
1000 xNICK
1000 xICVX
1000 xABSI
1000 xCXM
1000 xVERV
6.2%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
6 Season 1 ๐Ÿ… phelpsm4
50 xZNGA
15 xPLUG
1 xSPY
4 xYETI
9 xBMBL
5.5%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
7 Season 1 ๐Ÿ… PredicaMento
1000 xRKT
1000 xSNDL
1000 xUWMC
1000 xNVDA
996 xWMT
5.1%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]
8 Season 1 ๐Ÿ… meadyfricked
1000 xTQQQ
270 xSQQQ
1000 xIVOL
4.8%
[closing of 8/27 vs. 8/13]

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