School pupils show investment skills

Financial knowledge, quick decision making and good teamwork helped Bishopbriggs Academy win the regional final of a competition challenging pupils to show their investment skills.

The East Dunbartonshire school was the winner of the Investment Challenge West Region, where S5 and S6 pupils worked in teams to grow a virtual investment fund, making decisions on what to buy and sell, based on their research and incoming news stories.

The competition is sponsored by BNP Paribas Securities Services, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Global Investor Simulations.

Six schools beat 39 others to reach regional finals hosted by BNP Paribas at their offices in Glasgow's IFSD and Dundee. Pupils pitted their investment wits against each other, whilst also hearing more about careers in the financial services industry.

Bishopbriggs Academy won in the West region, beating Boclair Academy, Bearsden and Clydeview Academy, Gourock.

Mark Daisley, Head of UK Operations, Investment and Fund Services, BNP Paribas Securities Services, said: "BNP Paribas is focused on forging and maintaining strong links with local schools and communities. The Investment Challenge helps us develop those links and offers real benefits to young people as they explore their career options."

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