What would you do if you were given $100,000? Would you spend it all at once? Would you think about putting some of it in the bank? We’d like to teach you how to invest it, so you might grow it. Through The Stock Market Game (SMG), you will gain a fundamental understanding of investing and how you might get your money to work for you.
The Stock Market Game will also help you do better in school. When you participate in The Stock Market Game, you are in a real-world situation where you practice the content and skills you’re taught in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other school subjects. Most importantly, The Stock Market Game will help you develop positive money habits and prepare you for your future
Can I use The Stock Market Game on my own?
Yes, just because your school is not teaching you about investing for your future, doesn’t mean you can’t learn it on your own or with a group of your friends. However, in order to register, you have to be 18 years or older. If you are under 18, ask your teacher, an adult family member, or another trustworthy adult to complete the SMG online registration form. They will receive an ID and password that they can share with you. Contact your local Stock Market Game coordinator if you have any questions about this. You can find your local Stock Market Game coordinator by Clicking Here, selecting “View Programs in My Area,” and entering your zip code. If you are not 18 years or older, ask an adult to contact your local Stock Market Game coordinator.
How do I get started?
If you are 18 years old or older, Click Register to get started.
If you are younger than 18 years old, ask your teacher, an adult family member, or another trustworthy adult to Click Register to access the online registration page. Register as a “Teacher With Classes.”
Your local SMG program’s registration page provides essential information on program requirements and important dates. SMG is a national program of the SIFMA Foundation and is coordinated locally by non-profit partners who are dedicated to youth financial literacy. If you need additional assistance, please contact your local SMG coordinator or the SIFMA Foundation office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 212.313.1350.
Where do I begin after I’ve registered?
If you are 18 years old or older go to http://stockmarketgame.org to login with the SMG username and password you received via email. Once you have been logged in you can familiarize yourself with the online SMG investment portfolio by clicking on the Help menu links available on each page of the portfolio. Click the Rules link to familiarize yourself with The Stock Market Game’s trading rules. If you need additional help, contact your local Stock Market Game coordinator.
If you are younger than 18 years old, ask the teacher, adult family member, or adult who registered to share with you the SMG team username and password they received via email. Use the SMG team username and password you have been given to login at http://stockmarketgame.org. Once you have been logged in you can familiarize yourself with the online SMG investment portfolio by clicking on the Help menu links available on each page of the portfolio. Click the Rules link to familiarize yourself with The Stock Market Game’s trading rules. If you need additional help, ask an adult to contact your local Stock Market Game coordinator.
What is the Teacher Support Center?
The Teacher Support Center is a searchable library of lesson plans, learning activities, and assessments that help teachers introduce their students to fundamental saving and investing topics as well as provide real world practice in core academic subjects like math, English, and social studies (economics). The Teacher Support Center is only available to participants who registered as “Teachers with Classes.”
There are two types of usernames and passwords: (1) Advisor and (2) Team. The Advisor username and password gives you access to the Teacher Support Center. The Team username and password gives you access to the SMG trading portfolio. Go to http://stockmarketgame.org to login to both the Teacher Support Center and team portfolio.
If you are 18 years old or older, you receive via email a message with your Advisor username and password as soon as you successfully register. Your team username and password will be sent shortly after in a separate email message.
If you are younger than 18 years old, the adult who registered you will immediately receive an email message with their Advisor username and password. Your team username and password will follow shortly via email to the adult who registered you.
Do you have materials for afterschool and homeschool use?
Yes, the Teacher Support Center has easy-to-follow instructional guides, suggested lessons, activities, and projects for afterschool and homeschool participants. Though afterschool and homeschool resources are designed specifically for their respective audiences, they may be used interchangeably with each other or with educational materials designed for classroom participants.
How do I get my teacher to use The Stock Market Game?
The best way to get your teacher excited about using The Stock Market Game in school is to show him or her your Stock Market Game portfolio. Walk them through some of the decisions you made as you managed your portfolio. Encourage your teacher to attend a local training workshop or webinar. Give them the contact information for your local Stock Market Game coordinator and be sure to share the SMG link: http://stockmarketgame.org.