Benton Middle School stock market game
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 Mr. Chris Harvey and Jakob Powell
Mr. Chris Harvey and Jakob Powell
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Mr. Chris Harvey's 7th grade students are taking part in a 10 week stock market game simulation. Teams are composed of 4-5 students who have come up with some creative team names like the "Stock"ing Stuffers and "Market Maniacs".



Students who participate in the The Stock Market Game™ program learn more than investing. As they progress, they learn core academic concepts and skills that can help them succeed in the classroom — and in life.

Starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000, students strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation. They work together in teams, practicing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation as they compete for the top spot. The setup is engaging, and the learning is a natural part of the experience.

In building a portfolio, students research and evaluate stocks, and make decisions based on what they've learned. Teams trade common stocks and mutual funds from the NYSE, Nasdaq and AMEX exchanges; earn interest on cash balances; pay interest if buying on margin and pay a commission on all trades. To determine why certain stocks perform the way they do, or why the broader market has moved up or down, they need to understand how the economy works, and to calculate their returns they need to do the math.

Since 1977, more than 10 million students have participated in The Stock Market Game™ program, and more classrooms sign on every year. Today the program is available in all 50 states and worldwide.
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