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Stock Market Guru

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At last a "no risk" way to play the stock market!

The market. It's where fortunes are made and lost, and where millions of individuals have their retirement money invested. And…it's not the best place to learn the hard way! Now, playing the stock market is truly fun and games.

With stock market guru you will:

    -Buy and sell stocks and bonds

    -Decide when it's time to buy or sell or even to hold onto what you have

    -Determine whether it's best to buy stocks, bonds or that mutual fund

    -Pay broker's commissions

    -Watch how business cycles and interest rates affect your investments

    -Find out if you prefer high risk and high paying investments or, if you're more conservative, learn the consequences of your decisions.

It's very realistic and lots of fun.  STOCK MARKET GURU is a refinement of Avalon Hill's award winning game, Stocks & Bonds, which Kiplinger's Money Smart Kids and Money magazines recommended for budding as well as experienced investors.

Use this game to practice with play money, or be prepared to lose the real thing in the market.  STOCK MARKET GURU is a "must have" for the whole family.

Optional game rules:  You can experience the conditions surrounding the stock market during the depressions of the '20s and '30s, during the oil crises of the '70s, and during the boomlet of the '80s.  How would you have fared-

For one to ten players, age 10 & up.


This is a fairly long game for adults or older children. The basic idea is to buy and sell stocks and bonds over a period of ten years. In reality, this takes about 2-1/2 hours--so it is a long game. This buying and selling of stocks progresses from a bull to a bear and back to a bull market.

It is a very involved game, and my family found a calculator essential. I would highly recommend that at least one player take the time to read the directions thoroughly and perhaps set up and practice the game. The directions, even though clearly presented, are long and involved.

On the good side, it is a wonderful way to teach people (even myself) about the various terms and nuances of the stock market. I would say that this game is thematically excellent and the components and presentation are all well done.

This is a strategy game, but there is a definite element of luck involved, because of stock tips and use of the dice to determine yearly fluctuations.

The only critisism that I really have is down time. When other people are making their choices, there is no interaction between other players.

I purchased this game at least 5 years ago, and we play it at least twice a year. It fully supports the reputation of other Avalon Hills games (Rail Baron, Acquire) in its complexity, competitive nature, thematic accuracy and role playing involvement. 
Audrey Cobb

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April 23rd, 2008
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