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Wheat prices (inefficient market)

Wheat prices (inefficient market)

Experience market inefficiency!

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Simulation Wheat prices (inefficient market)   SC_BDF5B_US_V5

Scenario of the simulation

At the start of the simulation, you own an account worth  100,000 in cash and 1,000 Bl de France shares. As a SimTrader, your goal in this simulation is to maximize your trading gains.

In this simulation, you can send all types of orders to the market: market orders (MAR), limit orders (LIM), best limit orders (BL), stop orders (STOP) and stop limit orders (SL).

The duration of the simulation is initially set to five minute, which corresponds to a 24-hour trading day. Using the TimeLine, you can increase or decrease the simulation speed at any time.


Your grade for this simulation (100 points) takes into account the following elements:

  • Your trading performance (60 points): your relative performance, that is to say the difference between your gain/loss on your position with your intervention during the simulation and the gain/loss without your intervention (as if you haven't send any order)

  • Your trading activity (25 points): the launching of the simulation (5 points), your determination to go to the end of the simulation (10 points) and the sending of at least one order to the market (10 points)

  • Your grade in the MCQ test at the end of simulaton (15 points): 3 questions about the simulation (5 points by question).

Bl de France firm

Bl de France is a French wheat producer. Its fields are mailny located in the center of France. Bl de France clients are mainly French food-processing firms (in particular firms producing buns for fast foods). It also exports part of its grain crop on the international wheat market.

The firm was created in 1780 by the Turgot de la Beauce brothers, nephews of the famous financial controller of the King of France Louis XVI. The firm is still managed by a descendant of the founders, Charles-Louis Turgot de la Beauce, who is an emblem of the cereal industry in France.

Evolution of the stock price

The ticker symbol for Bl de France shares traded on the market is BDF.

Bl de France was introduced in the French stock market in the 1970s. During the past few years, its stock price soared. This strong price increase can be partly explained by the strong the increase of the wheat prices at the world level.

Over the recent period, the stock price of BDF stocks has fluctuated around  100 depending on the news flow about the company and the price of wheat.

What will happen today...

Today should be a day rich in events for the company Wheat of France. In particular, at 14:00, CEO Charles-Louis Turgot de la Beauce attends a meeting with financial analysts.

Like other companies in the sector, Bl de France faces three risks for its business:

  • A quantity risk: the quantity harvested each year is not known in advance.

  • A quality risk: the quality of the harvested wheat is not known in advance.

  • A price risk: for the part of the wheat production sold on the international market, the selling price is not known in advance.

These three risks are largely influenced by the weather, both in France for the first two risks (quantity and quality of the harvest) and globally for the third risk (wheat price on the international market).

Read the market consensus for Blé de France

What is the firm going to anounce? How the market will react to the news? Will the market be efficient or inefficient in processing information? And especially how will you react? That are the questions...

What you will learn...

The simulation Bl de france GM deals with the firm valuation. How is a firm valued? How is the value of the firm reflected into the stock price? This simulation looks at a key concept in finance: earnings per share.

Teaching goals: the simulation All orders will be the opportunity to understand deeper how a market with a limit order book works. How do buyers and sellers meet to trade with each other? What is the supply and demand in such a market? How is the limit order book impacted by a new order? How does the limit order book evolve over time? How does a transaction happen? How are prices determined in such a market? How does the market react to your orders? How to combine all types of orders?

Learning objectives: this simulation will help you to learn the following elements of finance:

  • Evaluate a firm

  • Implement a trading strategy based on your own firm valuation

  • Evaluate the degree of market efficiency.

Before or after launching this simulation, you can learn more on information in financial markets by taking related courses to the simulation.

Download the case note to help you during the simulation.

About the authors of the simulation

Gabriel Eschbach
ACE Finance & Conseil

« The key is knowing how to process information. The market is anticipating what will happen, but things never happen as expected. The market reacts to the rumor and adjusts to the new. And you! What do you expect? How will you react? What are you going to do? »

Professor Franois Longin
ESSEC Business School

« Before starting the simulation, remember that the market is always right; and that the market is always right even when it is wrong... »