Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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Students are given brief descriptions of three individuals. They act as financial advisors and develop a financial investment portfolio for each client using internet references as they analyze various saving options. The internet web sites assist students by providing information regarding their choices for the portfolios. Students may track the portfolio over several weeks to assess their investment strategies.
This lesson is designed to help the students build on the skills and knowledge introduced in Lesson 12 and 14. After completing these lessons, students are able to consider various options of savings options including passbook savings accounts, certificate of deposits, U.S. Government Securities, and corporate bonds and stocks — recognizing that each option involves an element of risk. The higher the expected return, generally, the higher the risk to the saver. They also know how to match stock selections to stock purchasing strategies and how to obtain information about various stocks.
Divide students into groups and assign each group one of the clients listed below.
Tell students that as financial advisors they are to develop a financial investment portfolio for their client. This portfolio may include stocks, corporate bonds, government securities, certificate of deposits and money market accounts. Distribute copies of the following to serve as reference materials for the students: Activity 1 from Lesson 12 and Visual 2 and Activity 2 from Lesson 14 . Point out that various internet sites and the print sources listed below can be helpful for people doing research.
Internet sites :
Business Week Guide to Mutual Funds (seventh edition).
J. M. Laderman, 1997, McGraw-Hill
How to Invest: a Guide to buying Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds.
Standard's & Poor's
Understanding Wall Street (third edition).
Jeffrey B. Little and Lucien Rhodes, 1991, Liberty Hall
Your Guide to Understanding Investing.
K. M. Morris, A. M. Siegel, and V. B. Morris, 1997, Lightbulb Press
Tell the students that each group will report on their clients' portfolios giving a rationale for their investment strategies. Allow time for the groups to share their portfolios. Instruct students to track their clients' portfolios over a period of time and compute contributions and accumulations of portfolio investments.
With background knowledge from lessons 12 and 14, this lesson has helped your students to learn more about financial investment portfolios. Using the portfolios created in class, the students were able to track their clients’ investments for 10 weeks. Tracking investments over time helps financial advisors and clients assess investment choices.
Have the students answer the following questions after they have completed the lesson. Once they have finished, have them print out their answers and turn them in along with their portfolios.
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12