Stock Market Game

Teach core lessons in a fun and innovative way with the Stock Market Game!

An online education program for students in grades 4-12 offered by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education, the Illinois Bankers Association and Northern Illinois University.


The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide. Teams of students build and manage an investment portfolio in a real-world, dynamic marketplace. As they compete with other teams, students learn the fundamentals of personal finance and investing, and apply skills in math, English language arts, economics, social studies and other subjects. Students also gain real-world skills – such as analyzing data, making decisions, exploring the consequences of their choices and strategizing for success. The SMG program has engaged over 700,000 students in Illinois since it was introduced in 1988.

Use In The Classroom

The Stock Market Game is flexible and designed so students and teachers learn as they go. Students in grades 4-12 work together in teams to manage and grow a simulated investment portfolio throughout the school year. They'll research and evaluate stocks, bonds and mutual funds to make informed, economic decisions. Teachers can incorporate The Stock Market Game's lessons and activities with Common Core Standards to teach and reinforce essential skills and concepts in a fun and innovative way.


To register, visit the Stock Market Game registration website and select "Illinois Stock Market Game" from the drop-down menu. With questions, please contact Debbie Kerman at We offer five sessions annually – two in fall, two in spring and one year-long session.

Is there a fee to register my students?

No! Thanks to the generosity of Illinois Bankers Education Services (IBES), a subsidiary of the Illinois Bankers Association, we're able to offer this program without financial cost for students and teachers in Illinois.

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P-20 Center
307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115


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