Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge

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Students are taught economic education is not only about financial literacy; rather, it is also about the larger economic forces which affect everyone’s financial circumstance. The Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge allows students to visualize, first-hand, how the laws of economics unfold in the real world. With equity markets as the model, students see the raw and unfettered forces of private enterprise and market economics play out. Unlike real equity markets, the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge offers students a safe and pain-free place to learn and practice valuable lessons about economic decision making, investing, and market forces. The final classroom visit is an online simulation, and the program culminates with a capstone event/competition, between thirteen high schools. This event has become known as the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:
Financial Literacy:
Work Readiness:
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA-Capstone Grades 9-12
Program Concepts Program Skills

Program Sessions

Understanding Stocks

Introduction to online stock market simulation, portfolios, stock options, purchasing stock, market analysis, and price changes.

Stock Trading

Students learn how to read a stock table, decision making (buy, sell, or hold?), and portfolio management.

Initial Public Offerings and Dividends

Students learn about IPO's (initial public offerings) and dividends, and complete worksheets to calculate dividends and value from their simulated portfolio.

Reflection, Risk, and Return

Students learn about asset classes, risk, and discuss their team's financial goals for their in-class portfolio.

In-Class Competition

In this final session before attending the county-wide competition in downtown Miami, student teams participate in an online simulation of the stock market. They also review specific roles for each team member and prepare for the final competition in October.

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