Alderley Edge schoolgirls set their sights on the stock market

PUBLISHED: 16:40 04 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:36 20 February 2013

Alderley Edge schoolgirls set their sights on the stock market

Alderley Edge schoolgirls set their sights on the stock market

Economics and Business Studies students from Alderley Edge School for Girls are proving that the stock market is not just for male city traders.

Economics and Business Studies students from Alderley Edge School for Girls are proving that the stock market is not just for male city traders. The girls, currently in Year 11 and Sixth Form have been invited to take part in a fantasy investment league set up by Wilmslow-based wealth management firm, Equilibrium Asset Management.

Equilibrium, provider of bespoke financial management services to its clients for more than 16 years, spent time at the school this week to highlight some of the golden rules of investment, how shares and funds work and how to manage risk. The pupils have been given a fantasy investment pot of funds and will choose a portfolio of funds they want to invest in, which will then need to be managed over a four month period. The pupil who makes the most profit across her portfolio will be presented with an investment certificate and awarded an iPad. The School will also receive a 250 donation and any profits the girls make from their investments will also be given to the School.

Colin Lawson, managing partner at Equilibrium Asset Management, said: In the past the investment industry has been male orientated, but this is changing. More and more females are showing what savvy investors they can be. We wanted to create a fun way to teach the pupils at Alderley Edge School for Girls the skills they need to become an investor.

The students will learn about how the stock market works and by being able to make changes to their investments they will be encouraged to take an interest in the economy as a whole. Maybe well uncover the next Karren Brady!

Sue Goff, Headmistress at the school added, We are delighted to be working alongside Equilibrium on their first ever school investment project; we are always looking for new initiatives to support girls with their learning and I know that they are excited to be a part of the project. There is no doubt that these young women have the drive and enthusiasm to succeed in this industry.

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