The Stock Market Game™

Great News! The Stock Market Game is back for the 2020-2021 school year!

Illinois Bankers Education Services (IBES), a subsidiary of the Illinois Bankers Association, is excited to be the new licensee of The Stock Market Game in the state of Illinois. You can expect the same friendly service from the same people you’ve come to know over the years as we move forward with this important program that connects students to the global economy with virtual investing and real-world learning. Thank you to Econ Illinois as the past licensee and to Northern Illinois University, which is continuing as the program administrator.

The Stock Market Game explores the fundamentals of personal finance and investing, while practicing content and skills in math, English language arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects. Students build and manage an investment portfolio in a real-world, dynamic marketplace, analyze and make decisions, explore the consequences of their choices, and seek new ways to strategize for success.

For registration information, please contact Debbie Kerman via email at

Illinois Bankers Education Association


The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide. It helps teach core subjects like math, social studies, technology, business, economics and language skills in a real-world setting while emphasizing the importance of long-term saving and investing. The SMG program has engaged over 610,000 students in Illinois since it was introduced in 1988.

Students in grades 4-12 work together in teams to manage and grow a simulated investment portfolio throughout the school year. They will research and evaluate stocks, bonds and mutual funds to make informed, economic decisions. These activities help students understand how the economy, the stock market and their portfolio function. 

Teachers can incorporate The Stock Market Game’s lessons and activities with Common Core Standards to teach and reinforce essential skills and concepts in a fun and innovative way. The Stock Market Game is flexible and designed so students and teachers learn as they go. Thanks to our generous donors, teachers are able to register their student teams at no financial cost.

Students who participate in The Stock Market Game™ program learn more than investing—they gain real-world education and life skills.

Core SMG lessons are available in both English and Spanish.

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