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Financial Markets

Building a Foundation of Finance

Empower students to navigate their world and get prepared for success by understanding the core economic principle of finance through the lens of financial markets. Explore a series of interactive evidence-based resources that examine personal finance connections within the larger context of the global financial market.

Foundations of Finance

Topic: Finance | Grade: 9–12

How much can interest rates impact personal finances?

Watch how students’ fortunes grow—or shrink—based on the choices they make in this hands-on simulation! Students must navigate the tricky financial decisions that arise after graduating from high school, from student loans to buying a car.

Standards-Aligned Resources

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Econ Essentials resources are created in accordance with national education standards. Check out our standards-aligned tools to help build your lessons.

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Supporting Resources

Career & Technical Education Educator Roadmap

Econ Essentials resources can be used in a variety of subject areas—everything from economics and social studies to personal finance and business to career and technical education (CTE) and family and consumer sciences (FCS).

Econ Essentials and Other Resources for Student Investment Clubs

Explore core economics concepts outside the classroom with Econ Essentials resources that are designed to work in afterschool clubs.

“It has helped me understand the difference between different kinds of loans, and I may be needing them depending on what college I decide to attend.”

Elena Sanchez
Student, Ogden International School
Chicago, Illinois