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Stock Market Game registration link

SD SMG Program Coordinator: Professor Don Altmyer, donaltmyer@bhsu.edu
                                                   Black Hills State University, 1200 University Ave, USB 9007, Spearfish, SD 57799-9007

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Overview of SMG Program

Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the SMG program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). This agreement is renewed each year according to the MOU with SIFMA. The SMG program is widely identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math and financial literacy test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers. Over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year. 
In South Dakota each academic year, approximately 1,000 South Dakota students form 500 teams from 50 schools and participate in a 10-week stock market simulation in the fall and spring and compete for cash prizes in the Middle School, High School and College Divisions. Before each trading session begins, the CEE conducts a series of free teacher training webinars for teachers to integrate the program into their classes.  From a local community perspective, Spearfish High School, Lead-Deadwood High School, Douglas High School, Rapid City Stevens High School, Rapid City Christian High School, Newell High school and Belle Fourche Middle School participate in the South Dakota Stock Market Game. 
The SMG program includes InvestWrite, a national essay competition that is the culminating SMG activity. Students are challenged to think critically about real-world financial issues by preparing essays about long-term saving and investing. Winners receive a paid trip to New York City and a visit to the New York Stock Exchange. 
South Dakota Stock Market Game partners with the SIFMA Foundation each spring in the Capitol Hill Challenge. The Capitol Hill Challenge is a separate 14 week stock market game where teams of South Dakota high school students are paired with the two South Dakota Senators and the one House Member. 
The South Dakota Stock Market Game 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 South Dakota Council on Economic Education oversees two Centers for Economic Education in the state: Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. The University of South Dakota is an AACSB institution and this partnership documents our collaboration with our AACSB colleague.
At the BHSU School of Business, the SDSMG program is a requirement in the BADM 101 Survey of Business course and the ACCT 480: Advanced Accounting course. The Yellow Jacket Investment Club has participated in the program and has conducted workshops at Spearfish High School to introduce the program to the high school Economics class. 
BHSU Center for Economic Education/SMG program performs all marketing, administration and awards with minimal academic resources. Many retiring teachers in South Dakota pass on the course materials with endorsements, supporting the value of the program.   

SMG in Class

 Fall 2018 Brochure

Dear South Dakota Stock Teachers:

I am the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program Coordinator delivered through the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University.I use the program in my Survey of Business and Accounting courses and have found that students enjoy the real life application of business, economic and personal finance content.

Middle school teachers use the program in their Math and Gifted classes.High school teachers use the SMG in their economics, personal finance, consumer-science and government classes. We offer registered teachers free online webinar training on a variety of topics, times and dates before and during the 10-week trading session as well as a series of weekly newsletters to use in the classroom and online support to answer teacher or student questions. At the end of each trading session, teams finishing with the top valued stock portfolios will win over $600.00 in cash prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions.

I have attached an invitation to participate in the fall 2018 trading session. The fall 2018 session starts on and ends on and registration begins on at The Stock Market Game website. Please share the brochure with a teaching colleague. If you have any questions, please contact me at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.


Don Altmyer, Professor

Black Hills State University

School of Business

Director, Center for Economic Education

Coordinator, South Dakota Stock Market Game Program 

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Phone: 605-642-6266

Center for Economic Education
Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9025
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9025