Healthy Return for BMS Investor

Oliver Neilson, who has just turned 15, has successfully qualified for the semi-finals of the Student Investor Challenge. As a single applicant, he finished in 56th place against 6000 other four-player teams.

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13th March 2020 — Oliver Neilson, who has just turned 15, has successfully qualified for the semi-finals of the Student Investor Challenge. As a single applicant, he finished in 56th place against 6000 other four-player teams, the majority of which consisted of students from Year 12. As a result, he has also won the BMS PPE Society Share Dealing Challenge.

The Student Investor Challenge is run by The London Institute of Banking and Finance and is open to teams of students aged 14-19 from anywhere in the world. The first round of this year’s competition ran from 14 October 2019 to 24 January 2020. Each team was given £100,000 of virtual money to invest in two portfolios, an Active Investor portfolio, which can be traded every day, and a Strategic Investor portfolio, which only allows a limited number of trades per month, and therefore encourages long-term thinking.

Oliver explained: “I started the challenge by reading articles in the Financial Times and by following the BBC news. I realised that I would have to be careful to invest in companies that wouldn’t be negatively affected by a possible No-deal Brexit. The companies I invested in included: BT, Just Eat, BP and Experian. I’ve really enjoyed this experience and I hope to pursue this line of work in the future.”

Head of Business at BMS, Richard Smith, commented: “This is an amazing achievement for Oliver especially in the context of his age relative to the majority of those taking part. He has demonstrated a great level of maturity when developing his investment strategy.”

Oliver is currently competing in the semi-finals against the top 500 teams from the competition. The eight best-performing teams will be announced as finalists later this month.

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Buzzing with energy and enthusiasm, BMS is an outstanding independent day school for girls and boys aged 7 to 18. Combining a 250-year-old tradition with a modern outlook, Bedford Modern School provides the perfect environment for children to learn and grow to become mature, compassionate and assured young men and women. The happy, supportive atmosphere allows students to realise their full potential and girls and boys thrive from sharing different perspectives and approaches to learning.

The School sits on a 45-acre wooded site with commanding views of the Bedfordshire countryside. The extensive facilities are excellent: a separate Junior School, dedicated Sixth Form and a new purpose-built, multi-million pound Science Centre with faculties clustered throughout the School. Impressive sports facilities include a fully equipped gym and indoor sports hall, a boathouse on the banks of the nearby River Great Ouse, a number of rugby, football and cricket pitches and a swimming pool on site.

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