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Venturing into the stock market for the first time can be quite an intimidating affair, even for those who consider themselves seasoned traders.  Entry into this world can be done in a number of ways; you could seek out the services of a financial advisor, you could sign up with a regulated broker and try out a demo account, or you could try your hand at some games. The sheer popularity of online trading has created a market for adult-oriented games catering to those with a keen interest in the financial markets. So, if you’re a believer in the old mantra of ‘learning can be fun’, then these stock market-themed games will be worth checking out.

Wall Street Survivor

Among its various draw cards would be the fact that Wall Street Survivor is a browser-based game, meaning you don’t need to initiate any downloads. Wall Street Survivor has been dubbed one of the best games of its kind out there and seamlessly blends play money with real stock price tracking mechanisms in order to teach players how to invest. The game starts you off with $100 000 and then proceeds to place you within a simulated environment while also providing you with additional learning amenities such as tips, glossaries, and even courses to further your understanding of the stock market.

MarketWatch

Like Wall Street Survivor, MarketWatch is a browser-based stock market game. However, it’s hosted on an official site that monitors markets and is even powered by the Dow Jones.  In terms of appearance, this game looks and acts like the real thing while providing the latest financial news,  a summary of the S&P 500’s major movers, as well as a summary of various indices. Thus, if learning how indices trading works is a keen interest of yours, then this app is the one for you.  MarketWatch lets you choose between running a game with simulated stocks or allows you to join an existing game.  In addition, you can create your own game or a public one and use the in-game chat to converse with fellow players.  This stock market game ups the competitive ante through the inclusion of rankings and leaderboards. The simulator can be a bit intimidating but at the end of the day, MarketWatch gives players, an even divide between fun and learning.

Best Brokers: Stock Simulator

Best Brokers: Stock Simulator stands out for its provision of the widest range of stock markets to invest in. This one has also stuck with the times by giving players a separate tab in which they can invest in cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin.  Best Brokers is also quite an intuitive app and it showcases this attribute by letting you know when you’re trading outside of trading hours by letting you know when the market will open. As far as education is concerned, Best Brokers offers up a series of videos to watch and learn from. Lastly, this stock market game lets beginners feel at ease by not overcomplicating the trading experience.

Stock Trainer: Virtual Trading

Stock Trainer: Virtual Trading might not be the most visually appealing app, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in functionality. As opposed to most apps and games of this nature which tend to rely mainly on the New York Stock Exchange,  Stock Trainer lets you choose from an array of regions whereby also giving you a more realistic assessment of the global markets.  The app is also relatively easy to figure out, provides a wealth of information, and even provides news articles relevant to the stock that you trade.  Finally, this app tracks the movements of top performers (a great way to learn), suggests stocks to trade, and creates a user-friendly portfolio. Stock trainer is available for Android and its 2.8 billion active users.