"Stock Market Challenge: Intro to Finance"
Stocks? Bonds? Shorts? Margins? Cryptocurrencies? Mutual funds? Yikes!
This introductory finance class for 8th-12th graders, built around the SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game, is designed to give students the information and experience they need to invest in their futures. Working in teams, students compete to generate the highest returns on their (imaginary) money while learning about the ins and outs (and ups and downs!) of various investment strategies and the global economy.
In addition to lessons created to engage students in the Stock Market Game, the class involves readings ranging from Adam Smith and asset pricing through behavioral economics and blockchain technology to provide discussion and context for student investment choices. The readings are fairly short but assume high school+ reading skills.
Students work in teams of two to four, and the ability to work cooperatively is a must. Students should assume some time outside of class will be devoted to investment research, but the amount of outside research will depend on the student and the team. Students who are interested in doing so will be able to enter the security industry’s InvestWrite essay contest.