Tabitha Ruth Wexler, also known as Turtle
Turtle Wexler is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in Sunset Towers with her parents, Dr. Jake and
Grace Wexler. Dr. Wexler's office is in the lobby of Sunset Towers. Her sister is Angela and she is
engaged to Dr. Denton Deere, another player in the Westing game. Turtle wears her hair in a braid and
everyone in Sunset Towers is aware of her painful kicks given in return for her braid. While Turtle is
only 13 years old, she is interested in the stock market and the Westing Paper Products Company stock.
She is partnered with Flora Baumbach in the Westing game. Her keen level of concentration and attention
to detail helped Turtle win the game.
The Stock Market
Do you know what the stock market is? The stock market is a place where shares of companies are traded (bought and sold). To understand the stock market, you need to know these words.
- Stock - shows you own part of a company
- Stockholder - when you own stock
- Going Public - When a company first sells its stock
- Stock Certificate - A paper that shows how much stock you own
- Stock Exchange - Where the stock market business is located
- Trading Floor - Where stock trades actually occur
- Brokerage Account - An account where you buy and sell stock
- Stock Symbol - A symbol that represents a company on the stock exchange
People can buy and sell shares of different stock. You should buy at a low price and sell at a high price. If the company is doing bad and you own shares, you should sell them fast. If the company is doing well, you can buy more to make more money. When you sell your stock in a company, you give up your ownership of that company.
The trading floor is where the stock is actually traded. On the trading floor, brokers call the traders to buy or sell shares of different companies, depending on what the people want for their brokerage accounts. Any day you can check in the newspaper what price the stock of a certain company is trading for and how many shares were traded by looking at the company's stock symbol.
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