It was hypothetical money, but the pair's market savvy was good enough to earn them first place among 390 stock portfolios from 20 different
The pair accepted their first-place award at the foundation's awards ceremony in
"We from year to year complete the game as a major assignment. Following the results, students develop portfolios and presentations on what they have invested in," she said.
"They have to research companies and develop graphs and reports that indicate how they did on the portfolios."
Playing the market is a gamble, but it turns out Rivadeneyra and Lopez-Menendez taking a flyer on an up-and-down JCPenney stock won them the competition. They invested
At one point, the team's portfolio had risen to more than
"There are many analysts predicting it's not doing well because the store isn't doing well. It did go up again [after the game ended] so they would have done OK," Bayerl said.
"It's an investment attitude toward money and it's an academic task as well," Bayerl said. "Some of them might be financial managers or brokers in the future."
Bayerl said Donnelly has been visiting classes for nearly a decade and that students benefit from his expertise. "He is very devoted. He's spent years studying the market. He's been a really good addition from year to year," she said.
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