About InvestWrite

The SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® program is an innovative national writing competition offered to teachers and students participating in The Stock Market Game™.

Your students have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game™. The perfect companion, our teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills.

Utilizing feedback from teachers nationwide, InvestWrite® builds a bridge between classroom learning and the real world. InvestWrite complements The Stock Market Game™ learning experience and easily integrates across subjects throughout your curriculum.

Whether you and your students win laptops, gift cards, pizza parties -- or not, you'll all benefit by enhancing your Stock Market Game experience through writing.


Essays written by students in the classroom


Teachers offered classroom experiences


Essays submitted by teachers in the National Competition


Volunteer judges read & scored essays

Offered at NO COST For Qualifying Stock Market Game Participants*

What's required to participate*

  • Teachers currently registered and participating in The Stock Market Game with actively trading student teams are eligible.
  • Students currently registered in The Stock Market Game with a valid team login ID and password are eligible.
  • Students participate by writing essays in their grade division: Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).
  • Teachers/advisors can choose to assign the InvestWrite writing assignment as an in-class or homework assignment.
  • Both teachers and students will have a chance to win gift certificates, laptop computers, and other great awards.

Each participating student submission has a chance to be reviewed by the competition's first round judge...you, the teacher/advisor.

Then, as the first round judge, you select the top responses from each class or group of participants (based on the guidelines and directions).

Then you submit them electronically on this website for the next round of evaluation at the national level.


May Quan - Elementary School Teacher

Through InvestWrite, my students were able to recognize the importance of diversification in their individual portfolios and learn about different charity organizations in the community. With the past InvestWrite topic, my students were glad to have the opportunity to combine their personal experience with their favorite charity and money management. It really made them think and research hard on how to make the existing charity’s money grow at the same time as how to protect its principal as much as possible. They learned that the way to do this is through diversification and managing calculated risks.

Morrisville, North Carolina

Judith Kraus - Middle School Teacher

The InvestWrite essay serves as an authentic assessment of my students' ability to research, analyze, and concisely communicate key financial concepts and metrics to an authentic audience of industry experts. The relevant and comprehensive scenarios challenge my students to demonstrate an applied understanding of personal finance. InvestWrite is a key measure of their progress from financial literacy toward true financial capability.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Roderick Moore - High School Teacher

InvestWrite allows students to reflect on the learning process by writing about their experience playing The Stock Market Game. Students who participate in The Stock Market Game and the InvestWrite competition are able to explain their investment strategies and explain their recommendations based on what they have learned about saving and investing. This competition allowed students to understand opportunity cost.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi