Personal Finance – Play Money Paper

Play Money Paper (3–5 pages)

Pretend that you have $10,000 to invest for four weeks. You are to “invest” this money in stocks or mutual funds and to track your investments on a weekly basis for four weeks (see schedule for due date). Pick five different stocks or funds to follow.

Write a report on

  1. why you selected the investments you did
  2. whether any noteworthy company results, news events, or economic events impacted your investments during this period (show your gains or losses for the period)
  3. how your investments’ performance compared with the performance of the S&P 500 index during this period
  4. your tracking of the following three stock market indexes:
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average
  • S&P 500 stock index
  • Russell 2000 index for small caps

The play money paper is worth 10 percent of your final grade.

Play Money Paper Paper Rubric


Possible Points per Criteria


Meets Expectations



Not Apparent


Arranges ideas clearly and logically to support the purpose or argument; ideas flow smoothly and are effectively linked; reader can follow the line of reasoning

Arranges ideas adequately to support the purpose or argument; links between ideas are generally clear; reader can follow the line of reasoning for the most part

Arranges ideas adequately, in general, although ideas sometimes fail to make sense together; reader remains fairly clear about what writer intends

Arranges ideas illogically; ideas frequently fail to make sense together; reader cannot identify a line of reasoning and becomes frustrated or loses interest

No assignment submitted or submitted late


Gives very specific information. Addressed all of the assignment components. Clearly illustrates critical and reflective thinking.
Well thought out response.

Contains specific information. Addressed all of the assignment components. Is relatively detailed. Shows some critical and reflective thinking. Relatively well thought out response.

Has some specific information. Addressed many of the assignment components. Not detailed.
Poorly thought out response.

Is vague and does not address all assignment components. No evidence of having given the assignment real thought.

No assignment submitted or submitted late.

Technical / Grammar

Execution is excellent. No grammar or writing errors. Reads easily. Is well organized.

Well executed. Few grammar or writing errors. Reads easily.
Is fairly well organized.

Execution is poor. Many grammar or writing errors. Hard to read. Poorly organized.

Falls short of the required length for the assignment. Very poorly written. Very difficult to read. No organization is evident. Reads like a last minute effort.

No assignment submitted or submitted late

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