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The Stock Market Game

Run by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wall Street’s largest trade group, the game is a computer-based simulation that introduces students to the workings of the stock market. The basics of the game are as follows:

  • Students are divided into teams of three to five individuals, each with a fictitious $100,000 to invest in the stock market. Students in lower grades are restricted to individual stocks. Older students can choose stocks, bonds and mutual funds. All teams must own at least four investments and can invest no more than 30 percent of their money in any one product.
  • Teams are required to make four transactions per semester.
  • The game is open to students in grades 4-12, with lessons tailored to each age level. While math is an important facet of the game, there are lessons plans available to help teachers incorporate talk about the market across the curriculum – in language arts, social studies, economics and other courses.
  • In an average semester, about 400 teachers incorporate The Stock Market Game into their curriculum, engaging about 35,000 students.