South Dakota Stock Market Game program begins fall trading session Sept. 29

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, August 27, 2015/Categories: 2015

Teachers now can register for the fall 2015 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game program (SDSMG), which is hosted by Black Hills State University.

The fall session begins on Monday, Sept. 29 and ends its 10- week trading period on Friday, Dec. 4. 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.

The South Dakota Stock Market Game is sponsored by the BHSU Center for Economic Education, along with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

According to Don Altmyer, professor of business at BHSU and SDSMG coordinator, the SDSMG is consistently identified as the leader in youth financial education and is the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise test scores. Nationwide, more than 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year. Last year in South Dakota, more than 1,000 students from 43 schools participated.

To register, go to, click on register and select the Sept. 29 through Dec. 4 trading session. A series of five, free one-hour, web-based teacher-training workshops will be conducted for registered teachers prior to start of the game. A $10 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, as well as classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects.  

Top teams will receive a cash prize in each division. Students who participate also receive free entry into InvestWrite, a highly successful culminating writing activity where students submit online essays judged by investment professionals.

For more information on the program or the webinars, contact Don Altmyer, professor of business at BHSU and SDSMG coordinator at or (605) 642-6266.

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