Investment Club holds first meeting

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Ellie Ritter

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Room 221 of Decatur bustled with the murmur of students debating stocks, financial equity and free markets as the Investment Club met for the first time.

Seniors Eric Broner, Luke Chandler and Gabriel Kay founded the club together as their Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) project for the IB Diploma Programme. For Chandler, the club was much more than a requirement, though.

“In ninth grade, I was super into finance, but there was no way for me to learn more about it in school other than to connect to other people about it,” Chandler said. “When senior year came around, I was in a good position to start it, so I made it my CAS project. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years, though.”

Senior Luke Chandler, a co-founder of the club, put together a slideshow for the first meeting. He explained the goals of the club, how investments work, and the process of the stock market game.
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Senior Luke Chandler, a co-founder of the club, put together a slideshow for the first meeting. He explained the goals of the club, how investments work, and the process of the stock market game.

The club will meet every other Tuesday. At the meetings, members form groups to participate in a stock market simulation. Each team can “buy” stock from certain companies and earn or lose points depending on the company’s status in the real stock market.

In addition, the club will play games, watch movies and have discussions related to the stock market and finances. Chandler hopes these activities will inform other students about the process of investment banking.

“My goal for the club is to expose people to investing,” Chandler said. “I don’t think the school does a great job emphasizing the importance of things like banking and personal savings, so I’m hoping my club will introduce people to that pathway.”

Broner agrees that students don’t learn enough about finances. Because it’s not a part of the school curriculum, students don’t see investment as significant, he said.

“People might think investment isn’t important, but that’s just because they’ve never gotten a chance to see the cool parts,” Broner said. “That’s why I really want this club to succeed. If we can help inform even just a few people, it’ll be worth it.”

Junior Skylar Rhame, who attended the first meeting, is one of these newly informed students. Before joining the club, she had no interest in the stock market.

Junior Skylar Rhame, who attended the first meeting, wanted to take notes on the information presented about stock markets. "Happy Herold, myself and Molly Weston are on a team together, and we really want to win," Rhame said, "so we definitely wanted to pay attention."
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Junior Skylar Rhame, who attended the first meeting, wanted to take notes on the information presented about stock markets. “Happy Herold, myself and Molly Weston are on a team together, and we really want to win,” Rhame said, “so we definitely wanted to pay attention.”

“I’m one of those people who really tries to delete the stocks app on my phone,” Rhame said. “It’s never really interested me until now, but they actually made it sound really interesting.”

Broner appreciates the enthusiasm of students like Rhame.

“I like seeing all the younger students who are interested in this,” Broner said. “Even though it’s not the most exciting thing on the surface, and most people think investing is just for old people or stock brokers, anyone can do it.”

Though he worries people may dismiss it as just another CAS project, Chandler has hope for the club.

“We had a huge turnout at our first meeting,” Chandler said. “I think people are starting to see that this club’s worth investing in.”

Broner, Chandler and Kay decided to form the club together because they each bring different ideas to the club. "When we work together, we can make the club more fun, but still informative and productive," Broner said. "Each of us kind of brings those things to the table."
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Broner, Chandler and Kay decided to form the club together because they each bring different ideas to the club. “When we work together, we can make the club more fun, but still informative and productive,” Broner said. “Each of us kind of brings those things to the table.”