Stocks & Stock Market

Stock Market Investing Lessons

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Lessons, worksheets, and information for teaching, learning, and understanding basic stock investing and stock market financial concepts. This category includes personal finance, money management, and investment educational resources.

Teach and learn stocks, the stock market, investing. Material also may be used to improve real-world math skills.

Learn what a stock is, buying stocks, calculating stock price changes, and reading the stock market table. While learning about stocks and the stock market is a great way to learn about the economy and how business works, investing in individual stocks is not necessarily the best investment choice for most people, unless they are getting advice from an experienced and trusted professional. For most individuals who want to invest in the stock market, low priced index funds or ETFs provide a low cost and more simple way to invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks.


What is a Stock?

A stock represent a share in the ownership of a company. If you own a company's stock, then you are a owner, or shareholder, of the company. A stock represents a claim on the company's assets and profits. A stock is also known as equity. The ownership percent, of a company that you own is calculated by dividing the number of shares a person owns buy the number of shares of stock outstanding.

For example:

1000 shares owned

10,000 shares outstanding

= 10% ownership.

Stock Certificate

Ownership of stock is represented by a stock certificate. A stock certificate represents your ownership of the company. These days, when you buy stock of a company, you usually do not get the actual stock certificates any more. Instead, your ownership is tracked electronically, making it easier to buy and sell shares.

So, now that you have stock and ownership of a company, what can you do? Not really very much. You will benefit when the price of the stock goes up, or lose if the price goes down. As an part-owner of the company, you are given the right to vote for company's board of directors.

Another way you may benefit is if the company pays dividends. Dividends represent a percent of the company's profit, paid to the shareholders.

Buying stock can be risky, since while the price of the stock may go up, it may also go down. If the company goes bankrupt, then you could potentially lose all the money you invested in the stock. However, that is what investing is all about. Taking risks, in the hope of making money on your investment, with no guarantee that you will make money.

The following worksheets provide an opportunity to practice your understanding of stocks. Many of these worksheets are RANDOM and customizable, so you may print out several different versions depending on the skill level of your students.


Basic Stock Lessons

This material provides a foundation in basic stock market principles.


 

WHAT IS THE STOCK MARKET VIDEO LESSON

What is the Stock Market?

A video lesson introducing students to the Stock market. The stock market and Wall Street are two terms used in the United States to refer to all aspects of securities trading including stock exchanges that list shares of public companies, or stocks, and other markets that trade securities. Learn and understand the basics of Wall Street and the stock market for beginners.

 

WHAT ARE STOCKS VIDEO LESSON

What are Stocks?

A video lesson introducing students to the basics of stocks. How do they work, and why do investors purchase stock shares? Learn about why companies issue stocks, stock certificates, the benefits and risks of being a stock shareholder, and the stock market. Investment, capital appreciation, dividends, voting rights, and limited liability of stocks.

 

 

Stocks and the Stock Market

StocksSTOCK MARKET TABLE

Stock Market Table

The stock market tables gives you basic information and price history for stocks. You can use it to see how stocks you own or are interested in owning are performing, and how they have performed in the past. Reading a stock market table is simple once you understand how to do it.


Stocks LessonsSTOCK MARKET SIMULATION - LESSON PLAN

Stock Market Simulation

Learn about the stock market.  A lesson plan to take you through the steps to teach a simulation of the stock market to your class.

 

BUYING AND SELLING SHARES OF STOCK

Buying Stocks

Practice calculating stock price times shares.


How Many Shares?

Practice calculating how many shares you can buy.


MONITORING AND REPORTING THE STOCK PORTFOLIO

 

Stocks - Percentage Change

Practice calculating a stock's percentage price change.



Stocks - Dollar Change

Practice calculating a stock's dollar price change.

 

STOCK TRANSACTIONS

Stock Market Transactions Form *

Stock Transaction form for buying and selling stocks.

 

Stock Investing Analysis

 

P/E RatioSTOCKS - PRICE EARNINGS RATIO

Price Earnings Ratio for Stocks

Learn about the PE Ratio.
A price earning ratio, or "P/E" for short, is a commonly used way to simplistically value a company (determine what a company's stock should be worth). It is simply a company's stock price divided by a company's earnings per share.

 

P/E RatioCOMMON STOCK VALUATION

Common Stock Valuation

Understand how common stocks are valued.

Learn to value stocks including using the present value of future dividends and the present value of free cash flow.

 

 

History

 

STOCK MARKET HISTORY

The Great Depression

Students will understand the events preceding the Great Depression, and learn about "Black Tuesday", the stock market crash of 1929.

 

Additional Investment Resources

 

INVESTING ARTICLES AND INFORMATION

Investing Information

Basic information on personal investing including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn principles of finance and investing, and using a financial planner.

 

Teaching Stocks and Investing

Some information about teaching stocks and investing.

 

Basic Principles of Investing for Beginners

Some basic principles you should understand before investing your money.

 

 

 

Have a question?

Do you have a question about teaching or learning about stocks, the stock market, or investing? Are you new to stocks or investing? Are you a teacher who is beginning to start an investment class or market simulation? Then we are here to help. Please let us know what questions you may have by clicking on the contact us tab at the top of the page.

 


 

 

 

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