Financial Literacy Challenge

Offering you four exciting and fun features:

  • A Personal Budget Game
  • A Stock Game
  • Built-in Lessons with Pop Quizzes
  • National Challenge with the opportunity to win prizes

5 great reasons to register yourself to the challenge!

  • You will gain valuable experience by building a monthly budget
  • You will learn how to manage your checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and stock portfolios
  • Tutorial videos will walk you through everything step of the way
  • You will practice what you learn in class before using your real money
  • It’s free, and it’s super fun – you can compete with your colleagues and practice your knowledge in an interactive game!

Dates: Registration is now open. Challenge runs from October 11th to November 19th.

Prizes: The Top 5 students from each contest, (from the Budget Game and Stock Game) win a $100 Amazon gift card for their classroom. Teachers of the top-performing finalists will be notified the week after the challenge ends. Teachers will decide how the prizes will be spent for their class.

We will also send a trophy to the top-performing school in the Stock Game!

How does it work? You must complete 12 virtual months of our Personal Budgeting Game, and build a diversified portfolio of stocks, ETFs, bonds, and mutual funds to be eligible for prizes.

You can earn a certificate in Personal Finance by completing all the included lessons as well – this certification will look amazing in your curriculum in the future!

Register yourself for our FREE Fall 2021 Financial Literacy Challenge!

Stock Game Rules

  • Trading is open from October 11th to November 19th
  • Students may trade US stocks and ETFs, and US mutual funds, and bonds
  • Students manage a $100,000 virtual portfolio
  • Weekly deposits of $1000 will be distributed for students to begin trading on Monday mornings
  • There is a $5 minimum price for all stocks
  • Students may short sell and buy on margin
  • Students may day trade
  • Students may only invest 25% of their portfolio in any one security
  • Each student is allowed only one entry

All results are subject to an audit to verify accuracy by the PersonalFinanceLab team. The results of the audit are final.

Budget Game Rules

  • Students can play the Budget Game from October 11th to November 19th
  • The game includes 12 months of gameplay where students manage their bills and expenses
  • They start as students with part-time jobs, and after 6 months graduate and take on full-time jobs
  • Students earn the most amount of points for meeting their monthly savings goals

Optional Completion Certificate 

  • It’s not obligatory for students to complete all the lessons to be eligible for prizes.
  • For students who want to learn more, the included curriculum comprises 86 individual assignments on investing and personal finance.
  • Each lesson includes a pop quiz at the end with 3-5 questions.
  • Students are required to get 100% on all quizzes to earn the completion certificate.
  • Students are able to retake quizzes to improve their score.
  • Example assignments include:
    • What is the New York Stock Exchange?
    • Investing Strategies
    • Pay Down Debt or Save?
    • Life Insurance
    • Use the Saving to be a Millionaire Calculator

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