February 1, 2009
Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering an introductory finance course called "Understanding the Stock Market. " The course is taught by HCC instructor Gaye McGovern and will cover the basics needed to understand the stock market, including topics such as asset classes; savings versus investing; risk and reward; how to invest in stocks, bonds and cash equivalents; and how to find investments that will help you meet your long-term financial goals.
January 7, 2008
A team of four Greenbrier Elementary School fifth-graders finished first in the elementary school category of The Stock Market Game. Winning team members are Jacob Fishkin, Jeffrey Bennett, Zachary El Mohandes and Brandon Potter. Teams from Maryland and the District of Columbia participated in the online simulation, investing a hypothetical $100,000 over 10 weeks between October and December. Greenbrier's winning team produced a return of more than 27 percent over its original investment.
September 18, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - As West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood recently toured the new science center at Shepherd College, he told how much more money would be available if the state did not have to spend nearly $315 million a year on the pension system. For a while during the recent tour, he made his visit a campaign stop for Amendment 1. A special statewide election is being held Saturday, Sept. 27 for West Virginians to decide whether or not to allow the state to invest pension funds in the stock market.
May 16, 2000
They're far from being investment junkies. They do not plan to have careers on Wall Street. cont. from front page But the team of freshmen and sophomores from South Hagerstown High School won second place in a statewide stock market competition. The team was one of 723 to participate in the Maryland competition of SMG Worldwide's Internet Stock Market Contest. "I thought we were going to come in last," Bryan Williams, 15, said. "Then we just came back, and I don't know how. " In the competition, each team had $100,000 in imaginary money to invest on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ or the American Stock Exchange.
September 22, 1997
West Virginia residents, famous for their resistance to new taxes, will get a chance to enhance that reputation in this coming Saturday's special statewide election. But this time it's going to be a little bit more complicated - to beat a tax hike, citizens will have to vote in favor of a new investment plan for state funds. At present, West Virginia's constitution bars the state from investing state funds in the stock market. Only South Carolina retains a similar prohibition, and other states which invest in the state market get a return of 10.9 to 13 percent.
September 27, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local and state election officials are predicting a low turnout today as West Virginians decide whether their state should invest money in the stock market. "I don't think anyone even knows about it," said County Clerk Ralph Shambaugh in Morgan County, W.Va. "It's confusing and there's no interest in it. Too many people don't know about it. I think this will be our lightest turnout ever. " Secretary of State Ken Hechler predicts turnouts in counties across the state at 12 to 15 percent.
September 24, 1998
photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer Wheat First Union held an open house and grand opening on Wednesday for its new building at 1145 Professional Court. The firm consolidated its two downtown locations to one near Eastern Boulevard in June because it had outgrown its smaller offices at 33 W. Franklin St. and 6 W. Washington St., said Jim Holzapfel, managing director. When the stock market closed at 4 p.m. on June 19 crews went into action, moving the firm's belongings and setting up communications and computer equipment at the new office in time to open the following Monday morning, Holzapfel said.
August 26, 1997
It's nearly the end of summer, and if we had to guess, we'd bet that most people have been preoccupied with squeezing in a last few days at the beach, or with buying back-to-school clothes for their children. Too busy, in fact, to think about West Virginia's special election on Sept. 27. If this is the first you've heard of it, that's okay. But if you choose to ignore it, know this: How much you pay in taxes will depend on an election that a little more than a month away. The only question on the ballot will be whether the state can invest its funds in the stock market.
February 26, 2003
Be careful about the promises you make, because you just might have to keep them, as lawmakers from two states found out this month. Pennsylvania and West Virginia officials face some tough choices to deal with their states' financial obligations. In Pennsylvania, it's the state's pension systems for state officials and teachers that are causing the pain. For the past several years, both funds' investments have not done well because of the stock market's difficulties. And then there was the Legislature's recent decision to increase benefits for all retirees, including state lawmakers.