Stocking Up

With a promise of money and a deliverance of a headache (only periodically) stocks are a common method of income via profitable dividends. Exploring this method, teacher Mrs. Ferguson’s Economics classes have invested in their own share of stocks in the statewide, online interactive simulation, Stock Market Program.

Saoirse Byrns, senior, contemplating the results of her daily stock. With a little under a $100,000 yet to invest, Byrns’s stocks hold much promise and potential.


The students divided into teams of no more than seven members and created group titles to represent their stock account. With a grant of $100,000 to begin their investments, students were quick to peruse their options displayed across the virtual stock market on the program website. While the website is only a simulation, the information displayed is based off real stock market values and current events. And following the pace of the New York Exchange Stock Market, the information changes daily.

Thomas Braun, senior, evaluating his next investments, adorning a stoic expression as the period came to a close.

Upon the returns entering the negatives in percentages, the boxes adopt a red composition. While red is a poor sign in terms of returns, Ferguson instructs that red is the ideal time to buy stocks in companies. If a company is in red, the prices are lower than when the company enters the green zone. Upon entering the positives in percentages, the boxes adopt a green composition, a direct antithesis of the negative, red percentages. When companies are in the green zone, it is the ideal time to sell stock to such companies. Ferguson also shares, in general economics, when prices are lower consumers are more apt to buy a larger quantity of a product, whereas, if prices are inflated consumers are less likely to buy more than a single quantity of a product.