South Dakota Stock Market Game Program Fall trading session begins October 1

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, August 22, 2018/Categories: Students, College of Business and Natural Sciences, Community, Faculty, Staff, 2018

Teachers may now register for the Fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG). The Fall session begins Monday, Oct. 1 and ends its 10-week trading period Friday, Dec. 7. The SDSMG is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for cash prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions. Teachers receive weekly newsletters and online training to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects. The SDSMG program is the only online stock simulation program endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.
 
To register, go to www.stockmarketgame.org and click on Register and select the Oct. 1 – Dec. 7 trading session.
 
A series of free web-based teacher-training workshops will be conducted for registered teachers prior to and during the trading session and at different dates and times to accommodate teacher class schedules. The webinars are divided into seven topics as follows:
  1. SMG Basics (30 min): How to Get Started, Teacher Support Center & Student Portfolios.
  2. Let’s Trade Today! (30 min): A quick overview of the SMG portfolio and how to get the student teams to execute their first trades.
  3. Basic Company Research (30 min): Using Yahoo and Nasdaq, basic terminology and company headlines will be reviewed.
  4. Winning with Diversification (30 min): Strategies for building a diversified portfolio with stocks, mutual  funds, bonds, and ETFs in the SMG Portfolio
  5. InvestWrite (1hour): Learn more about our national and state wide essay competition as a culminating activity for the SMG Program.
  6. Invest It Forward (30 min):  Learn how a Financial Advisor Can Enhance Your SMG Experience
  7. Let’s Trade Today! (30 min): A quick overview of the SMG portfolio and how to get Stock Market Game students trading on their online website.
  8. Weekly Portfolio Analysis (30 min): Team analysis of major indices and portfolio holdings.
 
A $10 team registration fee includes access to online team-trading screens to research companies and a Teacher Support Center with online lesson plans by grade level and subject and classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects. 
 
Students who participate receive free entry into InvestWrite, a highly successful culminating writing activity where students submit online essays judged by investment professionals. Essay questions focus students on the importance of long term saving and investing and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Winning essays receive state and national awards including a chance to win a paid trip to the New York Stock Exchange. Learn more at www.investwrite.org
 
The Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). This SMG program is consistently identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math test scores, economics test scores and personal finance test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers. Nationwide, over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year. Last year in South Dakota, 1,052 students participated in the program and formed 475 teams from 45 schools.  
 
For more information on the program or the webinars, contact Professor Don Altmyer, SDSMG Coordinator at donaltmyer@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6266.
 
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