• Receive a virtual $100,000 to learn how the markets work and practice trading
  • Create your own custom stock market contest for your class, club or friends
  • Explore our Education Center to get Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Investing and Trading tips
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What Is HowTheMarketWorks?

HowTheMarketWorks is the #1 FREE stock market game that allows users to create their own custom stock game and create educational lessons for their players. It is used by over 400,000 individuals and students each year. Users register for free and receive a virtual $100,000 and access to our Education Center. Users can then create their own custom stock market contest and invite their classmates, friends, family or co-workers to a friendly competition.

Last year, HowTheMarketworks was used in 10,000 college, high school and middle school classrooms and by hundreds of adult investment clubs.

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.


Our stock market simulator performs like a real brokerage account but using virtual money. You can practice trading real stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds using real-time 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 will also get access to our Introduction to the Stock Market Lessons to help you get started the right way.

  • You can practice trading without any risk! This is also known as a Stock Simulation or Fantasy Stock Trading
  • Join our monthly stock market contests and compete for prizes.
  • Create your own custom contest and invite your friends, classmates, co-workers and family.

Teachers, Professors, and 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.