The UMKC Office of Financial Literacy brings the Stock Market Game™ to students across the Show-Me State. Elementary through high school students play the Stock Market Game™ each fall and spring semester for ten weeks, starting off with a hypothetical portfolio of $100,000 and researching publicly-traded companies on the internet, reading business publications, and crunching the numbers to select stocks. The team from each school district (or geographic region in the case of independent schools) with the highest portfolio value at the end of ten weeks wins.
The Stock Market Game™ is designed to give Missouri teachers a tool for helping students develop a solid understanding of how private enterprise works. Economic education is not just about financial literacy; rather, it is also about the larger economic forces which affect everyone’s financial circumstance. The Stock Market Game™ allows students to see 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 Stock Market Game™ offers students a safe and pain-free place to learn valuable lessons about economic decision making, investing, and market forces.