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30th Annual World Cup Championship of Futures Trading Culminates in May 9 Award Ceremony; L.A. Actress Victoria Grimsley is Second Female Ever to Take First Place

Top Three Finishers in Industry's Longest-Running Real Money Trading Competition Hail from Three Continents

May 06, 2014 --

CHICAGO, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Winners of the 30th annual World Cup Championship of Futures Trading will receive their coveted Bull & Bear trophies Friday in an award ceremony on the CME Group trading floor to culminate the 2013 year-long event. The industry's longest-running, real-money trading competition produced winners from three different continents for the second consecutive year. Top finisher Victoria Grimsley is the second female ever to take first place in the Championship.

Co-sponsored by Vision Financial Markets LLC, (WCA) and Robbins Trading Company, the annual award ceremony is hosted by CME Group.

Grimsley, an actress, singer and dancer in Los Angeles, won with a 160 percent net increase in starting equity. Song Li, a native of Beijing now based in Michigan, took second place with a 119 percent net return. Ren Wolfram, a resident of Germany and the only full-time professional trader in the top three, captured third place with a 53 percent net return. Grimsley will receive the pewter version of the trophy, with Wolfram and Li taking home crystal trophies.

Grimsley, who has appeared in commercials and independent films, said: "I love to do things that keep my creative juices flowing, and I believe trading has a lot of creativity in it." Calling herself "100 percent devoted to trading," she is able, after years of practice, to balance that passion with parenting and professional demands by using a technical system that does not dominate her day.

Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams was the first female to win the Championship title in 1997, when she followed her father Larry Williams' unprecedented win a decade earlier. He had turned a $10,000 investment into more than $1.1 million.

Standings for the 2014 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading, now underway, are updated daily on Traders can enter throughout the year with an initial investment of at least $10,000. A minimum of just 10 round-turn trades are required to qualify for trophies and prizes from leading industry software, data and publishing companies.

WCA invites the top World Cup Championship finishers to participate in the Leader-Follower AutoTrade program, where talented traders display their accounts in real time and allow subscribers to automatically mirror their trading.

World Cup Championship contest accounts and WCA AutoTrade accounts are available through a network of authorized brokers, including Robbins Trading Company, a co-sponsor of the competition.

Futures trading involves risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Accounts trading in the World Cup Trading Championships (WCC) do not necessarily represent all the WCC accounts controlled by the competitor and may produce results different than the results achieved in other WCC accounts of the competitor.

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