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Financial success in a box

Financial literacy is a core life skill, critical to coping in a modern economy. Yet many of us, young and old, lack the basic knowledge we need for the challenges ahead. We often don’t even know what to ask, or whom to turn to for advice.

Bulls & Bears is an acclaimed board game that’s been helping people to learn about finance, economics, investing, and more. With riveting gameplay and stunning design, the game teaches players how to plan their education and career, build an investment portfolio, plan for retirement, buy a home, and so on.

All along game-play, real-life events​ presented in​ NEWS FLASH cards require players to make real life choices​, while KNOWLEDGE cards test their understanding of financial principles and terminology.

In addition to the board game, Bulls & Bears includes an online game with quick and easy-to-digest lessons, a guidebook, and classroom teaching plans. This unique combination of modern and traditional learning techniques makes the basics of finance and investing fun and accessible for all!  Bulls & Bears is a game-changer for all those who understand the importance of financial literacy in today's world but lack the background and tools to tackle it.

 

 

 

Presenting a new, travel-friendly “Trumponomics vs. Bernienomics” edition of Bulls & Bears that tackles the major economic policy choices facing the US.

Politics are noisy, but behind the bluster there are real policies with actual consequences. We labeled the right camp Trumponomics and the left camp Bernienomics, after their most visible representatives. You might be surprised to learn that both have good ideas!

We want to teach players to see past politics to the facts and numbers. So for each policy proposal, we ask players to predict its impact on the economy and on financial markets, and to adjust their portfolios accordingly.

With the new Trumponomics vs. Bernienomics edition, players can assess the consequences of major tax, healthcare, infrastructure, trade, and other policies; gauge the economic effects of major events; participate in intelligent debate; and make informed decisions regarding their own futures. 

 

 

 

 

Bulls & Bears is designed for ages 13 to 120, at home or in a classroom. With the travel-friendly Trumponomics vs. Bernienomics version, anyone anywhere can get learning! 

 

Our funding will be used to manufacture this new, travel-friendly Trumponomics vs. Bernienomics game – including high-quality printing, laminating, packaging, graphics, product design, and more.

 

If we make it to $120,000 we plan to develop a Bulls & Bears app that will make the game infinitely extendable, with digital card sets (News Flash and Knowledge) on any subject:  New technologies, China, Famous Economists and their Theories… the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

Bulls & Bears is a simplified imitation of real life, allowing players to learn through practical experience and instant feedback. Players start by receiving an investment sheet and seed capital of $100,000. They must double their net worth by making wise financial and personal decisions. They must also acquire a retirement plan, health and property insurance, and housing in order to win. All along the game, players face challenges that test their understanding of finance and economics, and pit their wits against those of their rivals: 

- News Flashes are real life events, to which players must respond by predicting their impact on the economy and markets, and buy or sell assets accordingly; they then find out the actual Market Response and earn or lose money

- Knowledge Cards ask questions on key economic and financial principles, facts and definitions

- Wild Cards throw up unpredictable events that can affect players' fortunes, depending on their circumstances such as education, housing or insurance

The Trumponomics vs. Bernienomics Edition includes over 60 additional News Events that present players with policy proposals from all sides of the political spectrum, teaching them their true meaning and impact and how they can respond. 

 

  • Online gamified Bulls & Bears course ($13.99 value)
  • Guidebook on personal finance ($7.99 value)
  • Use in classroom:  lesson plans for educators

 

If we make it to our stretch goal, all backers will receive 50% off on the Bulls & Bears app that provides access to additional sets of News Flash and Knowledge Cards in specic subjects, as well as their choice of 3 free digital card sets.

 Bulls & Bears is a joint labor of love. We’re huge fans of financial literacy, and believe in getting it to anyone, anywhere.

On the German side, our founding team includes Mario Fischel, a retired senior World Bank economist with over 30 years of experience managing financial advisory programs worldwide. On the American side we have Kerin Jacobs, a successful investment banker with extensive experience in online gaming and e-commerce.  Gal Narunsky, a highly talented young designer, is responsible for the lay-out and graphic design of both the existing game and the new edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

* The main risk is that we may not receive enough orders to carry out the project. We believe this is unlikely, given that it appeals to a wide range of people who are interested in finance and economics, and want to learn about new approaches to make them accessible to all in an entertaining and effective way
* Financial literacy is an essential Life Skill that remains poorly taught, yet is essential for young people to plan their careers, manage their budgets and investments, etc. Various States have begun made personal finance education mandatory, and the game responds to an urgent need for new tools to make the subject both appealing and accessible
* We've already developed and produced a successful board plus online game. This project will add special sets of events to apply the game-play mechanism to economic policy choices facing the country, enabling people to participate in an informed debate and prepare for the consequences of policy choices. The project will also make the game portable and extendable, enabling it to be more widely distributed and adding new content in key areas and subjects

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