Although the Dow and NASDAQ trended upward this fall, a faltering housing market, elections, war and slowing economic growth all combined to make it a bumpy ride.
Nonetheless, a group of shrewd young investors at Thomson Middle School did the research, checked the numbers, and made some smart financial choices, making them winners of the Stock Market Game for McDuffie County schools.
Advised by their teacher Julie Gerlach, students Ray Rodgers, Shannon Chalker, Chad Emmett and Dalton Brown took their hypothetical start-up investment of $100,000 and turned it into a portfolio with a value of $115,852.
Fourth through 12th-grade students play the Stock Market Game every spring and fall for 10 weeks.
Beginning with a hypothetical investment of $100,000, they research publicly-traded companies on the Internet, read business publications and crunch numbers to select stocks.
The team from each school district (or geographic region for independent schools) with the highest portfolio value at the end of the 10 weeks wins.
More than 40,000 students in public and independent schools participate in the Stock Market Game in Georgia each year. GCEE has worked for the past 35 years to bring financial literacy and economic education to schools around the state.
Georgia's Stock Market Game is supported by the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts, the Bank of America, the Foundation for Investor Education, the Georgia Securities Association, INVESCO, Morgan Stanley, Primerica/ Citigroup Foundation and the Securities Industry Association/ Southern District.
1) stock market -- cutline: Thomson Middle School Stock Market Game winners are (from left) Shannon Chalker, Dalton Brown, Ray Rodgers and Chad Emmett - all eighth graders.