How Does the Stock Market Work?

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The stock market seems like an invisible, omnipotent being that can cause an economy to flourish or flounder at its slightest whim. Students learn about the reality of the stock market, including its origins in the Dutch East India Company, its dependence on the public image of businesses, and its short-term volatility versus its long-term stability.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Found a mock investment club for interested economists on campus; have meetings in which participants keep track of their fictional investments and calculate their gains and/or losses
  • Play the video before a study of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 or in an economics class when discussing consumer finance
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Learners should have some prior knowledge of business and economics
  • Provides links to similar videos and sources
  • Animations are explanatory and engaging
  • None
Common Core