Author Archives: Kevin Smith

Kevin is the content manager and editor for HowTheMarketWorks and is from Chicago, Illinois. He has a Master's Degree in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and is a Google Certified Educator. In addition to an economics background, he has also built training manuals to prepare finance companies for licensing requirements in mortgage loan origination and insurance sales.

Best Practices For Stock Games

8 Minute Read At HTMW, we work with a LOT of classroom stock games – over 14,200 class games just in 2018! Our support team work with hundreds of thousands of students per year, and our classroom outreach coordinators worth with tens of thousands of teachers to make sure their classes are a complete success. Read More…

HTMW Update – Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 semester is almost here, and we’ve been busy over the summer! Here’s a highlight of some of the awesome new features we’ve been working on – with more on the way! Feature 1: Class Management Report Is there anything more frustrating than trying to lead a classroom of students who forgot their Read More…

New Career Center now available!

Career Development is not just an important part of Personal Finance classes – it is an essential part of what students need to know when they graduate. With this in mind, HTMW is proud to announce our new Career Center, crammed full of awesome resources for teachers, students, and all points in between! What’s Inside Read More…

Ace Your Interviews – Tips and Tricks

What separates a “good” job interview from a “great” one? There are many factors that will work for or against you when you head in for an interview for a great job. Some factors you don’t have much control over, but most job interview “bombs” are very easy to avoid, if you know what you Read More…

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Of Job Seekers

Experienced workers have a job search lasting about 43 days, and fresh graduates can expect a longer wait. Your search will be much harder if you make one of the following very common mistakes. Avoiding all 5 will not promise an interview, but hitting any might mean you are missing out. Errors In Your Application When you are applying Read More…

The Truth About Internships

The internship season is upon us. It might be better to say that it never ended. Some estimates put the total number of internships in the United States a bit over 1.5 million positions per year, and with new spots opening with every school term, students with an eye for work experience are usually keeping Read More…

Will Robo-Advisors Replace Human Financial Planners?

Trading, investing, and saving requires skills. There is no doubt that the complexity of the financial markets warrants an in-depth understanding of the interrelatedness between multiple variables. Consider inflation, employment, and interest rates as cases in point. These macroeconomic elements have a substantial impact on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, currencies, commodities, and indices trading. Read More…

Portfolio Management Project – Parts I, II, III

This project was submitted by Linda Campbell, a professor of business administration and management at Siena Heights University Project Overview and Goals The purpose of using Virtual Stock Exchange is to give you a better understanding of trading strategies and portfolio management. You will also learn a variety of financial instruments and their risks and Read More…

Core Stock Market Project

This project is the “Core”, which most teachers use as the basis for their HTMW class stock game. The other recommendations in this library usually follow this format (with some variation). This makes it very flexible to work with your classes. This project usually runs between 4 and 16 weeks. Longer contests tend to work Read More…

Cornerstone Lesson Plan: Introducing the Stock Market

When introducing HowtheMarketWorks.com, students need to first have an understanding of what a company is, what a share of stock represents, and the relationships to products and services. After this is mastered, then it is easier to explain what a stock exchange is, and finally teach them How The Market Works! You can also download Read More…

New Feature – Public Portfolios!

One of the most common requests we get from teachers is if students can see each other’s trades. Well, now they can!   We added a new contest rule, called “Public Portfolios”. If you turn on public portfolios for your contest, there will be a new “View” button on the rankings page next to each Read More…

Cryptocurrency Trading Has Arrived

One of the most-requested new features in Spring 2018 was cryptocurrency trading, both from students and teachers. You asked and we listened – crypto trading is now available on HowTheMarketWorks! Cryptocurrencies currently share some of the rules from Stocks, such as the commissions and position limits. However, you can trade cryptos both using a quantity Read More…

Videos Page Update!

With our most recent update, the HTMW videos page got a great new revision – with each video getting a bigger window and better navigation!   This also means if you create a HTMW Assignment, the links to view each video will now take your students right to the video they need! Happy Trading!

Editing Assignments!

You can now edit your assignments on HowTheMarketWorks! In the past, once you created an assignment it was set in stone. With the newest HTMW update, you can add and remove tasks in real time, giving you more control of your class than ever before!   To edit an assignment you’ve already created, go to Read More…