FREE Stock Market Game to Practice Trading in Real-Time!

Register for our FREE Stock Market Game, join a contest and compete for prizes, or create your own custom stock market contest for your class, club or friends.

HowTheMarketWorks is the #1 FREE, real-time, streaming stock market game that is used by over 350,000 individuals and 10,000 high school and middle school classes each year. This site has all you need to learn How The Market Works: Quotes, Charts, Wall Street Analyst Ratings, Company News & Financial Statements, Trading Ideas, Videos, Glossaries, Financial Calculators, Lesson Plans and more.

As of mid-August, we launched this entirely new version of our site that is faster, more realistic and loaded with lots of educational tools like videos, glossaries, personal finance calculators, etc. If this is the first time you are using this new site, you will have to re-register. If you still want to use the old site, we have renamed it Simvest and you can still access your old account at

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About our FREE Stock Market Game was created to help you learn how the stock market works by giving you $100,000 in virtual cash to practice trading stock online. The stock market practice accounts are real-time, realistic, and allow you to practice trading U.S. Stocks, ETFs and Mutual Funds. In addition to the practice account, this website features hundreds of educational articles, glossaries, Words of the Day, and Quotes of the Day so that you learn a little more each time they visit. You can even join our monthly contests or create your own contest and invite your class, friends and family to learn and compete.

When you register for free, you will receive a brokerage account with a virtual $100,000 in cash and you will be able to begin practice trading 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 markets, then register for our other site, the FREE Global Game. Or if you want to practice trading stocks, options, and futures, register for our Stock-Trak Portfolio Simulation website which is popular among college level Investments Classes.

Teachers, Professors, Investment Clubs: All users can also create their own private game or contest for their students or friends. When you create your own stock market game, you can choose the trading dates, initial cash balance, commission rates, diversification rules and other variables. To create your own private contest, register and then follow the links to Create a Contest. Best of all, this site is Contest. Best of all, this site is completely free!

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 work best for your class schedule (have your students trade for one week, one month, one year--whatever works best for you!), choose the initial cash balance, and set other contest rules like commission rates. To get your class started with our free stock market game, just register now and then follow the links to create your own contest.

It is absolutely FREE! These virtual trading links make it EASY for you to implement in your class:

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Our simulator performs like a real brokerage account but using virtual money. You can practice trading real stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds using real-time market prices and get the practice you need before trading in real life with your real money! If you are brand new to the stock market and want more help, you can get also take our online stock market course to learn about beginning investing with our Investing 101 Online Course. Our virtual stock market will help you learn How The Market Works, give you ideas on what stocks to buy, and help you learn the basic stock market terms.

Special features include:

  • Try our free stock market practice trading game. You can practice trading without any risk! This is also known as a Stock Simulation or Fantasy Stock Trading.
  • Look for answers on our Frequently Asked Stock Market Questions page. If you don't find them there then try our Message Boards.
  • Do you want to Get Started but have many questions first?
  • New! If you want to practice trading global stocks from Toronto, London, India, Mexico, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Australia and other European and Asian markets, then register for our free GLOBAL market game where you get to choose the currency of your account and create your own custom contest for your class or friends.
  • New! If you want to practice trading global stocks, options, and futures, then try our other site StockTrak Global Portfolio Simulations and click on Individual Investor.
  • Try our free Real-time Quotes and Charts.
  • What affects Stock Prices? What are Penny Stocks?
  • All HTMW users have access to a deep discount to the most popular Series 7 Course to become licensed to be a stock broker!
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