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What can children’s homework teach us about investing?

Games are a very good way to demonstrate principles

By Andy Davis   December 2015


It’s not often that the children’s maths homework sheds fresh light on the challenges of investing but I can now point to at least one occasion when it did, thanks to a simple game that our 10-year-old brought home. It’s a puzzle that anyone can try and works best as a contest between two or more players.

If you want to give it a go—and I heartily recommend it—here’s what to do. Each player draws a three-by-three grid on a piece of paper and they then take turns to roll a dice,…

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