Investing in the Stock Market
This course will analyze the stock market’s history, current trends, and future possibilities. Students will participate in a realistic stock market simulation in which each student has $1 million to invest. The game will continue throughout the duration of the course during which the following topics will be addressed: reading and understanding stock quotes, the Dow and other indexes, online investing and company research, bull and bear markets, factors affecting stock price, risk management, P/E ratios, dividends, earnings per share, stock splits, trading, investment plans, and annual reports (balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements).
Students will be graded on weekly stock reports showing their profit/loss on their investment portfolio using a spreadsheet that includes graphs, a time-line showing the history of the stock market, a PowerPoint presentation outlining their investment decisions and company research during the stock market game, weekly discussions/essays focusing on the current weekly happenings in the stock market, a monthly newsletter highlighting current company news of companies invested in, and various tests and quizzes.