Junior Achievement to Hold Stock Market Challenge on November 19
The Junior Achievement (jalincoln.org) Stock Market Challenge, presented by CFA Society Nebraska, is on track to be the biggest in the country with 600 high school students participating on November 19. These students will come to Innovation Campus from all over Nebraska—21 different communities and 40 schools. Students can either register for the 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m. slot for this event.
Teams of four will be competing to develop the largest portfolio of stocks during this real-world simulation. Each team will receive $1 million to invest in fictitious stocks. Throughout the 60-turn trading period, news from the financial markets will challenge teams to think critically and make financially responsible decisions. This event simulates 1–2 years of the market so each 80-second turn resembles about two weeks of real time. The event is a hybrid of personal and institutional trading. 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. Prior to the event, students will receive five lessons from their teacher on long-term investing, the value of investing in funds rather than direct stock purchases, and the need to plan for retirement.
Businesses are encouraged to participate and support these students by sponsoring a team of four as this opportunity is provided to schools at no cost. Interested organizations can contact Kim at (402) 467-4479 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Achievement works with almost 31,000 K–12th graders to teach them work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills. To learn more, visit their website at jalincoln.org.