Stock Market Game

Whether you teach in a classroom, mentor students in an afterschool program, or are a homeschool parent, The Stock Market Game is the right tool for you to help your students build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.

Teachers consistently tell us about the positive influence our programs have on their students. The educational impact of the Stock Market Game is unmatched, with proven increases in student attendance, engagement and class participation, and improved academic performance and financial behavior.   To support implementation of the game and integration into the classroom, we have a great one day course and webinars


Deepen the Lessons Learned

To expand the lessons learned through the Stock Market Game, we have partnered with SIFMA to connect teachers with the financial community through Invest It Forward.  This program pairs an investment professional from the local community to visit classrooms and have a more in-depth discussion of concepts within the Stock Market Game and careers in the field.

We encourage teachers to challenge their students through InvestWrite, a capstone essay contest that allows students to synthesize what they have learned each Stock Market Game session.

What is the Stock Market Game?

Student teams of one to five players begin with $100,000 in their investment account.  As a team, they must make at least three trades based on their research in the investment.  We partner with SIFMA, school districts and others to offer the game across our state.   Over 1200 teams composed of 4,000 students competed statewide last school year.   Beyond learning the value of investing, students learn teamwork, decision-making and are exposed to potential career opportunities.

In Wisconsin, we have prizes and awards for the highest placing teams in each category.

For many years EconomicsWisconsin has had the honor of being able to offer a trip to NYC as our grand prized for the 10-week challenge SMG. During last year’s New York trip we learned that New York Stock Exchange now requires visitors to be at least 14 years old and MUST have a picture ID. We have seen increased challenges involved in coordinating the schedules for busy students, families and teachers. We thought it was time to revisit our prizes. We surveyed educators at the start of this semester to about various options to recognize those teams that took first place in the SMG. After receiving responses from a significant number of advisers and careful consideration we are updating our prizes and team recognition to please long time gamers and bring new schools and teams into the Stock Market Game experience.


The new grand prize will be $500 (VISA gift card) to each of the students on the winning team (max of $2500 per team). Many educators surveyed express they would rather see a cash prize then a trip to NYC. The team will also receive a banner. W9 will be required for each student.


EW will come to the school and award the winning team with a small celebration at the school. The schools may invite anyone they wish (parents, other students, media, etc…). W9 will be required from all winning schools.

1st: $100 stipend for a celebration and a banner.

2nd: $75 stipend for a celebration and a banner.

3rd: $50 stipend for a celebration and a banner.



Teams may enter in one of the three grade-based divisions:

  • Elementary (Grades 4-5)
  • Junior High/Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • High School (Grades 9-12)

2019-20 Stock Market Game Sessions

Our first prized game session begins October 14th!

Fall: October 14 to December 20, 2019

Spring: February 17 to April 24, 2020


Thank you Wisconsin Securities Traders for your sponsorship of the Stock Market Game!