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White Pine students learn about finances through stock market simulation

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Courtesy Emi Walker

IDAHO FALLS — Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students at White Pine Charter School in Idaho Falls have been getting a real-time introduction to the workings of the stock market.

Using a Stock Market Simulator from the SIFMA“>Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, students from fourth- through 12th-grade participated in the simulation. The students were given $100,000 of play money and used actual, real-time information from the financial markets to make transactions.

The stock market game teaches students a wide range of skills that they can use to secure their financial futures but the learning starts before the game gets underway.

“Before starting the game itself, I do lessons about portfolios, about seasonal opportunities franchising, corporations, shares, all that,” White Pine GATE teacher Emi Walker told EastIdahoNews.com. “And (the students) have a good idea and then when we start the game,…

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