Welcome to HowTheMarketWorks, the web's most popular FREE Stock Market Game!

IMPORTANT NEWS! We've built a faster, streaming, more robust HowTheMarketWorks site and we now want all new users to start using it!

Effective immediately, all new contests need to be created on the new site. To create a new contest, simply click the launch pad to the right and you'll be taken to the new site where you will need to re-register!

If you are in an existing contest on the current site; don't worry we are keeping the old site open for all current contests

If you have any questions or if you would like a demo of the new site, please call 514-871-2222 or email: support@howthemarketworks.com. Also, for a limited time you will receive FREE access to our Investing 101 Course, a $99 Value! Simply register on our NEW site and you will receive a FREE coupon code in your welcome email.

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Have you ever wondered How the Stock Market Works?

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Register now and find out why over 305,000 individuals and 10,000 elementary, middle, high school, and college classes used this site in the last 12 months to learn about markets and practice trading.

HowTheMarketWorks.com was created to help beginners understand how markets work by giving them virtual cash of $25,000 to $500,000 so they can practice with U.S. Equities, ETFs and Mutual Funds.

In addition to the free account, this website features hundreds of educational articles, glossaries, Words of the Day, and Quotes of the Day so that students learn a little more each time they visit.

When you register for free, you will receive a brokerage account with a simulated $25,000 of cash and you will be able to trade shares immediately. Once registered, you can also create your own contest and invite your class or friends. To help you get started, visit our Education Center for hundreds of articles, videos and tutorials.

If you want to trade global exchanges like Toronto, London, India, Mexico and other world exchanges, then register for our other site, the FREE Global Market Game. Or if you want to try equities, options, and futures, register for our Stock-Trak Portfolio Simulation website which is popular among college level Investments Classes.

Teachers, Professors, Investment Clubs: All registered users can also create their own private contest for their students or friends. To create your own private contest, register and then follow the links to Create a Contest. Best of all, this site is completely free!

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Teachers, Professors, & Investment Clubs - Create your own custom Stock Market Game

Create your own private competition for your class or club. Set the contest dates that fit your class schedule (have your students trade for one week, one month, one year--whatever works best for you!), choose the initial cash balance you want your students to have, and set other contest rules like commission rates. To get your class started with our game, just register for free now and then follow the links to create your own contest.

Learn About Our Virtual Stock Exchange

Our simulator performs like a real brokerage account but uses fake money. You can practice buying and selling real equities, ETFs, and mutual funds using real-time prices and get the experience you need before trying it in real life with your real money! If you are brand new to all this and want more help, you can get also take our online course to learn about beginning investing with our Investing 101 Online Course. Our system will help you learn how the buying and selling works, give you ideas on what symbols to buy, and help you learn the basic terms.

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