What is the Stockmarket?

  • How do we know how much something is worth?
  • What do we mean by demand and supply?
  • What is the differences between goods and services?
  • What are interest rates?

In groups, answer one of the following question. You will present to the class with a list of 5 to 10 important vocabulary words to remember. List these words, with definitions here.

  1. What is the stock market?
  2. What are shares?
  3. Why should we invest our money in shares rather than put it in a bank?
  4. How can investing in the correct stocks make me money?
  5. What is meant by a publicly listed company?

Part 2:

Now that you have an idea of how it works:

  • Pick 5 stocks by typing in the name of a company – Make a copy of this document and hyperlink your document here
  • After you’ve decided on 5 stocks that you might be interested in, find the following for each one:
    • 52-Wk High shows the highest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.
    • 52-Wk Low shows the lowest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.

Vocab:

  • Stock column gives the full name of the company.
  • Sym is the symbol used by the company on the ticker reports generated by the stock exchanges that track the trading of each stock.
  • Volume lists the number of shares sold (in hundreds).
  • Last shows the stock’s price at close of business yesterday.

 

What does a 4.6% dividend yield mean?

  • If for example, I own 1000 shares of a stock that has a dividend yield of 4.6%, what does that mean?
  • It means that at the current trading price of that stock, you will earn 4.6% of that price as a dividend. So if the stock CURRENTLY trades at $100 per share, that means you get $4.60 per year per share. If you have 1000 shares, that equals $4,600 per year.