No cost to teachers or students!

No Experience Necessary!

Upcoming Sessions and Deadlines

All Fall 2023 Challenges are now open for registration. From now until the end of the market day on Friday September 8th is the practice round. All portfolios will be reset for the official start date, Monday September 11th.

Want an investment advisor?

Register for the Standard Investment Challenge or Open Enrollment session and then go to to request a mentor or presenter.

Have advanced investors?

Register those students in SME Advanced Challenge* team(s), so they can experience trading futures, options, and currencies.

*Teams or students competing in the Standard SME Challenge may also compete in the SME Advanced Challenge.

2023-2024 Trading Sessions* Deadlines
Start Date End Date Registration 1st Trade
2023 Family Summertime Challenge May 16 Sep 1 N/A N/A
2023-2024 Open Enrollment Session Aug 7, '23 Aug 30, '24 N/A N/A
2023 Fall Standard* SME Challenges: Elementary, Middle, and High School Sep 11 Nov 17 Sep 22 Sep 29
2023 Fall Advanced SME Challenge₁ Sep 11 Nov 17 Sep 22 Sep 29
2024 Spring Session Jan 22, '24 Mar 29, '24 Feb 2, '24 Feb 9, '24
*Mentors are available to teams competing in Standard and Open Enrollment Challenges. Complete information about registartion, rules, and prizes is available at
₁Teachers: You may have teams in multiple sessions.

How Will Your Students Benefit?

National research shows participation in stock market simulation programs improves test scores in economics, mathematics, and financial literacy.

Skills gained through the Stock Market Experience:

  • Economic and personal financial literacy
  • Resource allocation
  • Diversification and investment strategies
  • Critical thinking
  • Data interpretation, analysis and synthesis through use of models and simulations
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration
  • Identifying trends and forecasting possibilities
  • Student-led inquiry

Stock Market Simulation Features

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Real Time Trading

All US Stocks, ETFs, Options, Futures, Spots, and Future Options trade at real-time bid/ask prices for the most realistic simulation possible

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Realistic Broker Fees

The simulation includes all transaction costs and broker fees to add every degree of realism

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More Security Types

Students have the freedom to trade any investment type: stocks, bonds, futures, mutual funds, ETFs, options, currencies, and more

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Professional Research

Get news, quotes, analyst ratings, historical prices, and option chains for every US security, plus much more industry and market research