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2024 JA Stock Market Challenge

Students and volunteer around a table competing in Stock Market Challenge; screen in background with stocks information

Featuring: JA Take Stock in Your Future

Through JA Take Stock in Your Future, students discover the benefits and challenges of investing in the stock market as part of a broader, long-term investment strategy and the risks and rewards of trading. (grades 9-12) The program includes five 45- minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout, including an optional online or site-based JA Stock Market Challenge competition.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Where: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
Time: 10:00 AM ET
The JA Stock Market Challenge provides participants a unique opportunity to fine-tune their stock selection skills, learn best practices, cultivate financial acumen, and embrace the risks and rewards inherent to the stock market. Teams compete by utilizing simulated funds to invest and trade within a fictitious market, vying for the largest portfolio.

Teams are issued $1,000,000 to buy mock stock in 30 fictitious companies. Once the opening bell is rung, the market opens and every 60 seconds is a new trading day. Teams track stock performance on the event screens and identify trends based on the hot tips and press releases shared. Due to the volatile market, and the game’s frantic pace, teams are challenged as they compete for the largest portfolio by the end of trading.

During the day, students and teachers apply their knowledge in a real-world setting following five weeks of JA Take Stock in Your Future lessons.This year, we are full for student registration as we are piloting with a smaller group, but we invite any educators interested in having your students participate next year to join us to observe and see the event in action.

At night, adults will join JA for networking, food and drinks followed by the same style competition. We have several spots still available for teams to join our evening competition so get in touch with us today to reserve your spot. Don't want to play, but want to join for the networking and fun? Purchase a Stock Watcher ticket today. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity unlike any other event around!

Stock Market Challenge Video

On March 12, 2024 Junior Achievement of Southwest New England will launch the JA Stock Market Challenge in Connecticut! Footage shown in this video is from another JA area to help you see what to expect in March 2024.


Presenting Sponsor

Logo for M & T Bank

Capital Sponsor

Investment Sponsor

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Logo for Webster Bank

Hot Tips Sponsor

Penny Stocks Sponsor

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Portfolio Sponsor

Logo for Marsh & McLennan
Logo for Snowden Lane Partners
Logo for Wealthspire Advisors

Technology Sponsor

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Additional Sponsors

Logo for Charles Schwab
Logo for Ernst & Young
Logo for Fiondella, Milone, LaSaracina

Awards & Prizes Sponsor

Logo for Liberty Bank

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