To claim that stock market analysis, bonds, exchange traded funds, and the future markets are something of school coursework would generally be unimaginable in the past and even perhaps a little quirky. However, there has been rapidly growing interest in the hypothetical real world investment games that has schools from various parts of the country competing in challenges put up by the league that handles the competition. The stock market representation allows school teachers and student teams to compete against students and teachers from other teams for a certain prize. The game is a very interesting way to bring the real world financial markets to the study room desk of school.
The competition applies for both high school and middle school teachers and students. The challenge uses a software to allot all teams an amount of 100,000 dollars and makes them compete against each other in the best types and forms of investments that you could play in the market. There are also sophisticated software used that replicate the exact same pattern and behavior of the stock market as it would in real time. The only obvious and fundamental difference between the software is that it is not a live account and cannot directly affect financial markets. In fact, the software is commonly used to train new investors and financial analysts.
This particular competition has been occurring in the state of Pennsylvania, which has been sponsored by the Economics Pennsylvania, which also allows the people to be involved in the understanding of the financial market system and mechanism. The sponsors believe that this is a great way to inculcate interest of economics and market mechanism into an unprecedented form of competitive studying. This is a recent phenomenon but is gaining immense traction and is beginning to grow in popularity in schools all across the United States of America.
The current standings of the ongoing competition is an interesting read. Amongst the High School division, we have Michael Creeger who comes in at number one from the Lewiburg area at $131,052 reported earnings. Michael has also been at the top of the table for a substantial time now. He is followed by Matthew Bastain from the Sunbury Christian Academy and Stacy Reitenbach from the Mifflinburg Area at $127,765 and $120,290 respectively. Amongst middle schoolers, we have Seth Reitz from Milton Area at $121,630 followed by Jeremy Betz and Eric Attinger from Warrior Run and Shikellamy at $116,210 and $113,273 respectively.