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Investing in a better future

In 2016, the club known as Future Investors disbanded. However, two years later, on the first and third Wednesday of every month, members of the new, revamped Future Investors club gather in room F4 to explore the ever-expanding world of investments.

Led by president junior Joseph Lai, the Future Investors Club is exactly what it seems to be. In the club, members learn to trade and invest through presentations and simulations. During presentations, members learn a new topic associated with the field of stock investments as well as new investing strategies, such as researching before making financial transactions. Members also experience the process of investing through an application called Thinkorswim, in which students are able to invest fake money into a simulated market.

“This club benefits me because I want to major in economics, and having investing skills will help a lot,” secretary senior Hank Chang said. “Gathering with everyone and talking about stocks is the basis of it and it’s cool to be a part of it.”

Lai developed an interest in investments through the release of Activision’s video game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Curious about the video game’s effect on the Activision stock, he decided to look further into the topic of money. By learning the basics of stock investing through books, such as Stock Investing for Dummies by Paul Mladjenovic, and YouTube channels, such as Ricky Gutierrez, Lai eventually gave trading and investing a try. Lai found an interest in investing, which led him to the Future Investors Club. However, after a couple of meetings, the club disbanded in 2016.

“Though the club sort of died out, I wanted to keep the club alive because I thought it was a really fun club,” Lai said. “I liked investing and I liked the concept of the club.”

Lai decided to reboot the Future Investors Club to create a community that could share their interests in trading and investing. By implementing more engaging activities, such as working with computer simulations and investing with paper money, and presenting more topics, Lai hopes to improve the Future Investors Club.

“I was pretty sure that there were better investors than me [at Walnut High School],” Lai said. “I [restarted] the club hoping that everyone, including me, can learn from them. It would be a good learning experience for all of us.”

By Andrew Kim, Staff writer
Photo by Erin Tan