Young Money Blog has been invited to judge the prestigious Future Asset Investment Competition which aims to introduce a new generation of girls to the exciting world of investment and finance.
Iona Bain will join various senior figures from the world of investing in Scotland to judge entries from Auchinleck Academy (East Ayrshire), Craigmount High School (Edinburgh), Eyemouth High School (Scottish Borders) and The Royal High School (Edinburgh), who have all been named as finalists in the competition.
The senior schoolgirls will present their analysis of various companies virtually to the panel, who will crown a winner next month. The girls will also be invited to write for the award-winning Young Money Blog to further build their understanding of the world of investment.
Future Asset aims to make finance interesting and accessible for young women to create a pipeline of future female talent for the industry. This competition has helped girls from various schools across to Scotland to learn about smart investing and its importance within society.
John Swinney, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, said:
“The Future Asset Competition is an exciting opportunity for girls across the country to access professional information and advice about careers in investment, a sector where women are under-represented. The process offers competitors the opportunity to enhance and develop their employability, financial, data analysis and presentation skills in a creative and real-life context, and I wish all those taking part this year the best of luck.”
Iona Bain, founder of Young Money Blog, said:
“We don’t yet know how coronavirus will change our society and the world of business, but what we do know is that we will need resilient, enterprising and confident young people to get our economy back on track. Future Asset is offering an amazing opportunity here to help young women build their presentation and analytical skills, as well as their knowledge of business and finance, even within our current restrictions.“We desperately need more young women to come into the financial industry to make it more inclusive, responsive and functional, especially after this crisis. Future Asset allows school girls to find a path into a vital part of the British economy that can feel all-too distant and irrelevant, when it will be anything but that in the coming years.“I pay tribute to the girls who have risen to this challenge and seen it through to the end in spite of all the personal obstacles they have faced. They have shown tremendous character that gives me hope for the future.”