JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A $600 grant from Economics Arkansas is helping students at Jonesboro High School learn the ins and outs of Wall Street.
Students enrolled in the advanced placement government class are using the money to participate in the SIFMA Stock Market Simulation game.
The program is a hands-on lesson in how to invest in markets and how government actions can affect the economy.
“With the elections, you see an upswing in midterm elections for the markets,” said Jon Newman, who teaches the class. “We talk about specific stocks that win, or stocks that have increases when Democrats are elected versus stocks that have increased when Republicans are elected.”
Newman said this education will benefit students in the future.
“I think the investment in the markets is an important thing for the kids to know anyway because they are all going to, hopefully, be investing directly on their own or at least investing into 401ks later on,” Newman said.
In addition to investing in the stock market and creating their own stock portfolios, students also learn how the Federal Reserve makes adjustments to interest rates.