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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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OPINION
June 10, 2013
“This is to all the conservative callers who keep calling in trying to justify the invasion of Iraq. They use the inspectors going in, not being let in, as the reason. Conservatives don't even like the (United Nations), so don't use the U.N. resolutions as a reason to go to war and justify it. Second of all, Reagan did not conquer Russia. Russia was in a decline economically. That's what conquered Russia. The people of Russia conquered Russia. Just because Ronald Reagan made a speech and put us in debt ... doesn't mean he conquered them.” - Hagerstown “Rules, regulations, restrictions and all the taxes are keeping jobs out of Maryland, and they don't care.
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OPINION
By THOMAS A. FIREY | March 13, 2013
Forty years ago this month, Americans received a powerful tool for increasing their wealth when Princeton economist Burton Malkiel's book “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” first appeared in stores. Instead of offering esoteric strategies to “beat the market” or complex formulas to calculate stocks' “true value,” Malkiel uses simple language to describe decades of academic research on how those strategies perform. The consensus? Not very well. But rather than disillusioning would-be investors, Malkiel explains that the research points the way to financial success.
OPINION
August 29, 2012
Don't rehire the company that trashed your house To the editor: Here's an analogy of what the upcoming election looks like to me: You hire a company to look after your property. After they are on the job for some time you go to inspect the property.  The carpets and drapes are a shambles; the place is nearly destroyed and the yard is dead. You fire the first company and hire someone else to clean up and repair the damage. After a short time the first company comes back and says that the second company isn't cleaning up the mess fast enough so you should hire them back.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2012
Somewhere, Del. Andy Serafini is coming to life. He does this - he has earned that right - every time there is more bad news about the Maryland pension fund. And there was bad news again this week, following reports that the fund had earned a meager 0.36 percent return in fiscal 2012, when the state had been counting on 7.75 percent. And don't bother with any jokes about buying Facebook stock, because the state reported that it was done in by its “international investments.” Oh no. Please don't tell me Maryland was long on ouzo.
OPINION
July 2, 2012
Writing on the career of John R. “Jack” Hershey Jr., in 2010, Herald-Mail reporter Alicia Notarianni might have said it best when she penned, “His is a resume of dizzying breadth.” To that, we would add that Jack Hershey was a man of dizzying breadth - interested in everything, a supporter of all that is worthwhile in life, lover of a good time, an advocate for our town and a generous contributor to causes far too lengthy to name....
EDUCATION
May 27, 2012
Clarence Wroblewski of St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown took first place for the western region of the Maryland Council on Economic Education's Stock Market Game Spring 2012 challenge.  Wroblewski, a senior, participated in the game as part of his honors economics class. “I tried to invest in the companies that not only appealed to me financially but also appealed to my interests,” Wroblewski said. Goretti's economics instructor, Ida DeGraw, expressed her excitement for his accomplishment.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2011
The headline in the ever-dignified New York Post last week read that the stock market had been up and down more than a hooker's pants. This headline was probably written by a man. I say that because, in the other stock-related news I found interesting last week, it was announced that women are better at playing the market than men. The stated reason will have social studiers puzzling until their puzzlers are sore: When it comes to stocks, women...
OPINION
April 27, 2011
“This is a thank you to Chad Smith, his articles he always writes about keeping fit. Thank you, Chad, for letting our community know what people have to do — especially this last article about parents keeping their kids off the couch, and eating right. But parents themselves need to keep off the couch and eat right. Then we won’t have so many overweight people and so many people who are diabetic here in Hagerstown. I don’t understand why people just can’t take care of themselves, do what’s right.” — Smithsburg “What a shame that we even have to have the — maybe have the police to monitor the recycling centers.
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