Student Investors Get Taste of Stock Market

Student Investors Get Taste of Stock Market
Posted on 05/31/2018
The Westmoor Student Team with the Highest Returns

One Team Ranks in Top 10% Nationally

Are you smarter than a 4th or 5th grader? Well, maybe not the fourth-grade investing team at Westmoor School who placed 57th out of 640 teams nationwide in the annual SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game.

You may want to heed their advice when investing in stock: Look at the company’s history, look at its currently performance, and take advice from family members who have had success.

Sarah G., Emma K. and Luke J. earned $14,000 over nine months on their $100,000 investment to capture their standing in the top 10% of the simulated SIFMA Stock Market Game, which is open to grades 4 through 12 .

A total of 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students participated under the guidance of Enrichment Teacher Sarah Wippman. Students were given $100,000 to invest in the stocks of their choice.  The students researched companies and talked to friends and family about current trends.  All investments are in “real time,” so current events impacted the value of the stocks. 

The Stock Market Game was open to any 4th and 5th grader.  The students met once a week during recess from September until May. They were also able to collaborate through Google classroom when not at the club.  

 “I think I learned that the stock market is important and you have to think about what a company is going to be like in a month. Even if it’s doing well now, it may not do well later. If its history is good, then it will probably continue,” said Sarah G.

 Regardless of their investing success, the simulation, which Mrs. Wippman does annually, introduces students to investing and personal finance – and how current events impact everything.

 “It taught me how to preserve your money and not spend it all at once,” said Kate, a fourth-grade student.

Sylvia had advice for future students who play the Stock Market Game:

“Think about what’s going on in the real world and it will help you a lot. Hasbro was impacted when Toys R Us closed. You got to think about, ‘if I buy this low will it rise up again? It’s kinda fun to think about how it actually works.”

Mrs. Wippman is proud of the students.

“I am most impressed with the students' ability to look for current trends and use this information to invest in high performing stocks, as well as the team work!"

Westmoor Stock Market Club