The DECA Stock Market Game Begins on September 13

August 31, 2021

DECA members are invited to participate in the DECA Stock Market Game which kicks off September 13, 2021.

Participants in the DECA Stock Market Game develop and manage an online investment portfolio of stocks, mutual funds, bonds, ESG investments, and cash. The Stock Market Game is available via web browser on any device or on The Stock Market Game mobile app available on Android or Apple. SMG allows DECA members to test their investment knowledge and skills against other DECA members in an online competition. The goal of the competition is to provide participants with the skills needed to be successful in their future financial lives by managing a diversified investment portfolio.

Managed by the SIFMA Foundation, this virtual simulation challenges teams of one to three students to build and manage a virtual investment portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. This event is FREE to all active DECA members.

The top 25 teams from each region will qualify to present their portfolio at ICDC. Students competing at ICDC in the Stock Market Game may not compete in another ICDC event. Only original team members may compete at ICDC. No substitutions will be allowed to the original team.

Please review the Rules, Code of Participation and Code of Conduct for 2021-2022.

Competition Timeline:

  • Competition Begins: Monday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Student Name Submission: Friday, October 22 at 11 p.m ET
  • Asset Diversification: Friday, October 29 at 4 p.m. ET – Friday, December 10 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Competition Ends: Friday, December 10, 4 p.m. ET
  • Portfolio Deletion: Monday, May 9


DECA and the SIFMA Foundation are pleased to provide their members with the DECA Stock Market Game and the Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game.

The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets and engages students in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance with the goal of preparing them for financially independent futures.

In the DECA and Collegiate Stock Market Games, teams of one to three DECA members are given a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.  Team members must work together to build and manage a high performing investment portfolio.

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Classroom Connection

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Performance Indicators:

Track business environment changes that impact business financial results
Explain causes of stock price fluctuations
Manage investment portfolio
Discuss the nature of investment risk
Explain factors to consider and strategies for selecting investments
Obtain investment information from online sources and publications