About SMG

The SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game™ gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives. The Stock Market Game™ program offers a vast library of learning materials correlated to national voluntary and state educational standards in Math, Business Education, Economics, English/Language Arts, Technology, Social Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences. This resource has inspired many teachers to incorporate the program into classes in creative ways — at all levels, from fourth grade to college, all across the curriculum. The program also teaches and reinforces 5 essential skills and concepts. Students use real internet research and news updates, making the simulation an even better mirror of the real marketplace. While the competitive gameplay creates student excitement, the educational experience delivers the biggest impact.


2018-2019 Dates

Fall: October 1 - December 7

Spring: February 4 - April 12

Year: October 15 - April 12



  • Access to a computer with an active internet connection.
  • Registrants must include an accurate, active e-mail address to receive teacher and team IDs and passwords, updates & notices from the SMG Coordinator.


  • Teams must make their first investment by the end of the 3rd week to qualify for the awards.
  • Teams who have not traded by the end of the 3rd week will be deleted.
  • Teachers are encouraged to assign 3-5 students per team. Please include a fax number.
  • Teachers are welcome to register for their own account, at no charge, to learn the simulation and how it can be implemented in the classroom during the PROMO session.
  • Schools or organizations having an outstanding balance on their SMG account from previous sessions, will not be allowed to participate until the balance is paid in full.

Helpful hints:

  • Teams may trade any common or preferred stock listed on the NYSE or AMEX exchanges or Nasdaq market, as long as the trade meets the Program rules.
  • Teams may trade Mutual Funds.
  • Stock trades are priced "real time" if placed during market hours; or at the first trade price the following morning if placed during non-market hours.
  • Team accounts begin to earn interest on $50,000 cash as soon as the team IDs are assigned.
  • Team number assignment begins 3 week prior to the first date of each session so register early to optimize full earning potential.
  • Team rankings are revised every week night.
  • Teachers receive an administrative login ID to enable them to view their student-team portfolios and to access the many curriculum and activity resources available, as well as the online teacher tutorial and lesson planning features.


Stock Market Game Workshop
Proven Experience-Based Learning
Friday, September 15th
Columbia, SC

Workshop Description:

Join us for an engaging workshop taught by experienced Stock Market Game teacher, Stephen Bidwell, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Elise Bidwell. Stephen will instruct teachers on how to navigate the game, access student portfolios and the free teacher resource center, as well as share fun activities and strategies to get students engaged. Elise will guide teachers through reading a stock page, analyzing stock data, and other practical ways to help students understand how the market works. Sessions will be interactive and centered around discussion and best practices.

$25 registration fee refundable upon workshop attendance

Participants Will Receive:


  • Virtual Economics Flash Drive 4.5
  • 5 credit renewal points
  • $50 substitute reimbursement
  • Complimentary Lunch




Webinars are hosted and provided by the SIFMA Foundation.

SMG Basics (1hr) - Getting Started, Teacher Support Center, & student portfolios

Invest It Forward (1hr) – learn how industry professionals can assist in enhancing participation in the SMG program

InvestWrite (1hr) – learn how to utilize InvestWrite, our national and state-wide essay competition as a great culminating activity for the SMG program

Basic Company Research (30 min) - using Yahoo and Nasdaq, basic terminology and company headlines will be reviewed

Winning with Diversification (1hr) - strategies for building a diversified portfolio with stocks, bonds, ETF's and mutual funds.

Let's Trade Today! (30 min) - A quick overview of the SMG portfolio and how to get Stock Market Game student trading in their portfolio.

Trading Mutual Funds (30 min) - researching and trading mutual funds in the SMG program

Trading ETF's (30 min) - comparing and contrasting ETFs and mutual funds
9)Weekly Portfolio Analysis (30 min)- team analysis of major indexes and portfolio holdings

PRE-CHC (1hr) - An overview of the national Capitol Hill Challenge


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started in The Stock Market Game?

To get started in the SMG program, visit your local SMG program's registration page. Your local SMG program's registration page provides essential information on program requirements and important dates. SMG is a national program of the SIFMA Foundation and is coordinated locally by non-profit partners who are dedicated to youth financial literacy.

Where do I begin after I've registered?

If you are new to The Stock Market Game, start in the "Start Here" section of the Teacher Support Center. It has lesson plans and introductory guides for implementing the program. If you are a returning teacher, start by reviewing your favorite lessons and activities. Some of the lessons may have been updated since the last time you participated.

What is the Teacher Support Center?

The Teacher Support Center is a searchable library of curriculum resources, lesson plans, assessments, and standards correlations that help you introduce your students to personal finance fundamentals, including saving and investing, and provide real-world practice in core academic subjects such as math, English, and social studies (economics). You can access the Teacher Support Center on the SMG Website.

How do I access the Teacher Support Center?

There are two distinct logins in The Stock Market Game: (1) Advisor and (2) Team. The Advisor ID and password are used to log into the Teacher Support Center. The Team ID and Password are used by students. Each team receives a shared team ID and password to log into their online investment portfolios. The Advisor is easily distinguished by the capital "T" in the third section of the ID (e.g. AB_12_T123456). Log in by clicking the appropriate link at www.stockmarketgame.org. Advisors and their Teams login at the same site.

What if I don't know anything about investing?

The objective of the SMG program is to introduce its participants to the fundamentals of investing. Each lesson plan provides a brief "Teacher Background". The purpose of the Teacher Background brief is to provide you with enough information to successfully implement the lesson with your students. In addition to the Teacher Background briefs, the SMG Teacher Support Center provides you with publications, links, and other resources to help get you comfortable teaching the content. You can also contact your local SMG Coordinator for additional assistance.

What if I'm not a teacher?

Everyone has the potential to be a great SMG teacher. The challenge is finding the teaching materials appropriate for your teaching environment. The SMG Teacher Support Center provides materials that help you teach fundamental investment concepts in afterschool, homeschool, other out-of-school and alternative teaching situations.

Do you have materials for afterschool and homeschool use?

Yes. The Teacher Support Center has easy-to-follow instructional guides, suggested lessons, activities, and projects for afterschool and homeschool participants. Though afterschool and homeschool resources are designed specifically for their respective audiences, they may be used interchangeably with each other or with educational materials designed for classroom participants.

What do you mean by "Correlated to Common Core State Standards?"

Lessons in the Teacher Support Center are correlated to the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These correlations are presented in an interactive table in the Standards section of the Teacher Support Center. The Stock Market Game effectively contextualizes the academic content standards, practices, and career skills expressed in the CCSS, STEM, and by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

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