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Stock Investment Challenge in the International Business Course

by WillowWood School's Steve Taylor

Students in my Grade 12 International Business course are learning how global events - whether they be political, social, or environmental - can affect world economies. An important part of the curriculum teaches students about investing. What better way to learn about markets than to actually get involved with some simulated stock trading?

International business students are getting some hands-on experience investing in stocks, bonds, and other equities through How the Market Works. The platform offers a free stock market game featuring real-time stock prices and rankings that allows users to learn about stock markets and practice investing in stocks, ETFs, bonds, and mutual funds.

Portfolio Summary: Open Positions, Transaction, and Profit/Loss

Every student has been allotted $100,000 in virtual money to invest. The rules that apply are similar to what happens in the real world: trading can only take place between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm EST (when markets are typically open); there is a fee associated with each transaction and all forms of equities and investment vehicles are available.

Account Balances, Returns, and Dividends

Before picking equity to invest in, participating students have to do their due diligence and research the companies they are interested in. This can include reading recent news articles about a company's newest innovations or analyzing its performance history.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Stock Summary

Students can check recent news articles on the website to help guide their investment strategy

Our investment challenge began a few days ago and will run for the duration of the course. We will keep you posted on the final standings. Check out if you would like to try this amazing platform at home.


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