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JA Stock Market Challenge

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This program is administered by JA of Lincoln
High School
JA Capstone

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
Each team (4 student) receives $1 million to invest in fictitious stocks. Throughout the 60-turn trading period, news from the financial markets will challenge teams to analyze and decide what actions they should take. This event simulates of 1-2 years of the market so each 80 second turn resembles about 2 weeks of real time. The event is a hybrid of personal and institutional trading. Students work in teams, delegating roles like market analyst, portfolio manager, and asset tracker. Not only will students learn the nuances of investing and trading, they will practice important soft skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making. The team with the highest return at the end of the 60 turns wins.

Prior to the event, students will receive 5 lessons from their teacher where they will learn about long-term investing, the value of investing in funds rather than direct stock purchases, and the need to plan for retirement. Students will also learn that this simulation is not entirely realistic in multiple respects and that changes have been made to make the simulation for fun and engaging. While teams can adopt whatever strategy they like, teams are rewarded for using buy and hold strategies via commissions that eat away at gains. This is pointed out in the lessons where we students are warned about “churn”.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

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