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Karen Tyler

ND Securities Department
600 East Boulevard Avenue
State Capitol, 5th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
Phone: (701)-328-2910
Toll Free: (800)-297-5124
Fax: (701)-328-2946
Grafton Office
701 W 6th Street, #312
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-4592

Stock Market Game Worldwide

The North Dakota Securities Department coordinates and sponsors the Stock Market Game (SMG) in North Dakota. SMG is a ten-week, 15-week, or yearlong simulation of Wall Street trading that provides a framework for teaching students in grades 4-12 about the American economic system. Offered in the fall and spring semesters, SMG is offered through the Internet and is designed for classroom use as a motivational tool to increase understanding of the stock market, the costs and benefits involved in economic decision-making, the sources and use of capital and other related economic concepts.

SMG is an interdisciplinary teaching tool that allows teachers to create and direct learning in the classroom in a variety of disciplines. During the session, student teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in common stocks on the New York and American stock exchanges and the NASDAQ Stock Market. Teams enter their transactions daily and receive weekly portfolios highlighting their trades, current holdings, brokerage fee, margin interest and team ranking. At the end of the simulation, the winning teams in the elementary, middle school and high school competitions achieving the largest investment gains are recognized.

SMG is a free resource to North Dakota schools from the North Dakota Securities Department. The Stock Market Game was created and is provided by the Foundation for Investor Education, an affiliate of the Securities Industry Association.

For more information on SMG, the dates of the game and how to register, refer to the contact info below.


“SMG has generated interest and excitement for my students in learning about the stock market.  It definitely brings a "real-life" experience into the classroom.”

Barb Puppe
Cavalier High School
Cavalier, ND

“The Stock Market Game has added a new level of learning to my high school classes.  Students are able to make real-life decisions dealing with saving and investing that will stay with them long after the class has finished.   There are numerous materials available for students and teachers to use on the SMG website that are well organized and easily accessible.  The competitive nature of the game also adds to the students’ willingness to work hard to create a successful investment portfolio, while at the same time learning about the benefits of saving and investing for the future. “

Brent Ruff
Century High School
Bismarck, ND 

“I have used the stock market game in my economics class for many years.
The best part of the game is that it allows my students to get real world experiences through a simulation.  My students love the fact that they can compete against students from their class,their school, and other students from throughout the state.” 

Jeff Beck
Magic City Campus
Minot, ND

“I thought the stock market game project was really interesting. Before I came to Economics class, I knew nothing about how the stock market worked.  This project helped me understand how the market works.  I was able to see the risks and rewards.  The stock market game should continue because it helps students better understand something that they will use in the future.”


“I liked the stock market game because it was a exciting way to learn how to buy and sell stocks. My favorite part was learning how much money you could actually make or lose in the market. It was a blast—Thanks”


“I loved the stock market game because it helped me understand how the stock market works using a competitive format.”


“Playing the stock market was a great learning experience.
It was really cool to get hands on experience by competing against other students from our state.”


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Department Contacts

Lauren Strinden
Investor Education Coordinator
600 East Boulevard Avenue
State Capitol, 5th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0510
Phone: (701) 328-4698
Toll Free: (800) 297-5124
Fax: (701) 328-0123