High school students to get taste of investing at Wright State

Photo of the Trading Center

The Soin Trading Center at Wright State University features an actual stock ticker tape, computer software programs from leading investment information providers like Bloomberg, Ibbotson and Baseline, and real-time coverage of financial markets from CNBC, CNN and others.

A group of Dayton high schoolers will get a peek at Wall Street and some lessons in high finance when they visit Wright State University.

Wright State’s Center for Economic Education at the Raj Soin College of Business will host 60 high school students and five teachers/administrators from Belmont High School on Sept. 28. The group will discuss investing strategies to prepare for the Ohio Stock Market Challenge beginning on Oct. 8.

In the challenge, the students will manage a hypothetical portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Each team will be given “imaginary funds” to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds listed on the major stock exchanges.

Using state-of-the-art software provided by the Stock-Trak Group, they will research stocks, obtain quotes, look up ticker symbols and submit trades. Stocks will be traded via personal computer by simply typing in the ticker symbol and the transaction. Trades will be filled in real time using the latest available bid/ask prices from the market.

The Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy is partnering  with Belmont High to help the school develop and pilot a new common core curriculum that integrates economic and financial literacy concepts into a cross-curricula model of learning.

The center has developed new financial literacy programs for Dayton Public School teachers and students. This year, the center reached 150 teachers, who touched the lives of more than 15,000 students in its 15-county service area.

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