WHAT IS THE STOCK MARKET?

Choose the best answer to each question. Then check your answers.

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1. How many main exchange markets are there?

2. What does the commodities market buy and sell?

3. Which of the following products is not sold on the commodities market?

4. What two parties trade on the stock market?

5. In your opinion, what are shares in a company?

6. Why do people invest in companies?

7. What do investors receive in return for their investment?

8. Which city is not the capital of its country?

9. Where is the New York Stock Exchange?

10. What is the Toronto Stock Exchange known as?

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SPEAKING

1. Work in small groups. Agree on two national or international companies that you think it would be safe and profitable to invest in. Write some notes. If you like, you could find out more about them on the internet.

2. Explain your ideas to the class.

3. Listen to the other groups' ideas.

4. Vote on the best investment, according to the presentations.

WRITING

Consider the following situation and write a short composition.

If you suddenly inherited 6,000 euros, what would you do with it? These questions might help:

- Would you save it or spend it, or both?

- If you decide to spend (some of) it, what would you spend it on?

- If you decide to save (some of) it, how would you save it? (e.g. put it in the bank, give it to your parents to save, invest in the stock market, etc.)

- How important is money to you? Give reasons for your answer.

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