Divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, interactive game

Introduction to the 2022 Great Financial Trading Game

The Great Finance Trading Game transports players into the world of global finance with roots as far back as Medieval Europe. While the United States is a relative newcomer, New York City is home to the world’s largest stock exchange. Many developed countries, like the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Switzerland have evolved to become more and more dependent on their financial services sector to help balance imports of raw materials and even manufactured goods. Other countries, even highly developed nations like Germany, have maintained stronger manufacturing sectors, while Australia continues to be a major raw material exporter. Developing countries like Brazil remain dependent on production exports and even China’s rapidly more sophisticated economy remains primarily a manufacturing exporter. While the history of financial services parallels both military and economic colonialism, the future may be more complex and interesting as we already see with the emergence of former colonies Singapore and Hong Kong.

This game oversimplifies history in many ways. The Financial Countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland) and the Production Countries (China, Brazil, Germany, Australia) are represented in the game only as caricatures of their complex cultures and economies. Moreover, the timeline is condensed, and the game focuses on a few commodities. Nevertheless, the game demonstrates the interdependence of the Financial and Producing economies. It will give players a sense of the challenges facing trading partners throughout history. Players will deal with the twists and turns of history, while exercising and expanding their diplomatic, tactical, and negotiating skills. Knowledge of economic history, combat skills and a bit of luck will also play a minor role in determining the winner of The Great Financial Trading Game.

2018 Champions
Varsity: Gareth Thorlakson, Canada
Junior Varsity: Josh Rollin, California
Middle School: Chatanya Sarin, California

2016 Champions
Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Gareth Thorlakson, Canada
Middle School: Jingxuan Lin, China

2015 Champions
Varsity: Ben Koppel, Maryland
Junior Varsity: Jonathan Ralstin, Indiana
Middle School: Matthew Hasenwinkel, New York

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Instruction Summary from 2016

The 2016 Great Pacific Trading Game transports players back to the Pacific Trading Lanes of the 19th Century. Trading among the United States and European powers, Britain, France and Germany is driven by two major economic activities. Whaling has become a major industry with whale oil used to light the cities of the West. The West is also eager to build trade with China and other Asian countries. European goods are not in high demand, so traders need products of high value in Asian markets. Western countries are in fierce competition for trade routes, colonies and Chinese products valued in the West. The Pacific Islands (Fiji, Hawaii, The Marshall Islands and Tahiti) play an important role in both industries. They provide labor and provisions for the whaling industry and products to be used in trade for Chinese tea, porcelain and silk. There are also profound changes in these societies based on their new economic opportunities and political and environmental threats.

This game oversimplifies history in many ways. The four Trading countries and four Island nations portrayed in the game are represented only as caricatures of their complex cultures and economies. Moreover, the timeline is condensed and the game focuses on the Chinese trade. Nevertheless, the game demonstrates the interdependence of the Western and emerging Island economies. It will give players a sense of the challenges facing both sets of countries. Players will deal with the twists and turns of history, while exercising and expanding their diplomatic, tactical and negotiating skills. Knowledge of Pacific history and a bit of luck will also play a role in determining the winner of The Great Pacific Trading Game.
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Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2016.

Great Pacific Trading – Instructions
Great Pacific Trading – Scoring Sheet
Great Pacific Trading – Resources
Great Pacific Trading Hawaii
Great Pacific Trading Fiji
Great Pacific Trading USA
Great Pacific Trading Marshall Islands
Great Pacific Trading Britain
Great Pacific Trading Tahiti
Great Pacific Trading Germany
Great Pacific Trading France

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Below are the Great Trading Game files from 2015.