The practice of saving and investing is definitely a good thing, but there are many ways to save and invest. In thinking about the options, it is important to consider the degree of risk involved and the potential for return. Typically, the higher the risk, the higher the potential return. The key is to work up to the riskier investments, where you stand to earn the most money, but only after you've successfully established some safer holdings. This lesson walks students through the stages of investing, demonstrating why that sort of sequential order is important. At the end of the lesson, students are asked to serve as financial advisors and give advice to people considering investments at different stages of the investment ladder.
In this lesson students will learn about the impact that efficient markets have on attempting to correctly time the stock market, as well as how investing in stocks should have long-term investment goals. Part I begins by having students read and discuss a story. A small exercise is included which demonstrates that predicting what a stock does next is not so easy. Parts II and III takes the student through an interactive historical simulation giving the student a chance to make decisions about investing in the U.S. stock market.
Students examine tradeoffs and profit- maximization decisions in the case study of Kaiser Aluminum, which decided to shut down aluminum production in favor of reselling electricity.
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