Youth Investment 101 and Stock Game (Level 1)

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  • Instructor: Raymond Mathis, etc.
  • Requirement: Grade 7 and above, class taught in English
  • Session: 10
Course overview
This course offers an introduction to fundamental economic concepts, investing, how businesses work, and how they contribute to the broader economy. You’ll also discover various ways to invest in businesses, and the value of a business’ future profits.

Raymond Mathis

Mr. Raymond Mathis is a private equity manager with Tati NY, Inc., an operating company focused on the lodging and hospitality industry. Previously, Raymond was a Portfolio Manager for Spirit of America Investment Funds, a family of equity and fixed income mutual funds. At Spirit of America, he took over Real Estate Income and Growth Fund, in addition to the Large Cap Value Fund, and subsequently launched an Energy Fund and several fixed income funds.

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Mathis received many accolades, including being named “Leading Portfolio Manager” by NAREIT’s “REIT Magazine” the largest publicly traded real estate industry group, “Best Performing Real Estate Fund” by Zacks Equity Research, and several “Category Kings” awards from The Wall Street Journal, including top performance for Stock Fund, Sector Fund, and Real Estate Fund categories.

Mr. Mathis began his career as an Analyst at Standard & Poor’s, where he covered companies in the Consumer Discretionary, Financial, Real Estate, and Consumer Staples sectors. In addition to winning the “Best on the Street” award from The Wall Street Journal, he has appeared in print and on television with CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Week, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNN, Business Week, BBC, USA Today, New York Times, Crain’s, and the New York Post. Raymond received his MBA in finance from Louisiana State University (New Orleans). Before that, he earned a degree in music from Berklee College of Music, after which he moved to the French Quarter of New Orleans to play jazz for several years.

                Learning Outcomes

  • Define and apply key economics concepts and principles in financial decision-making
  • Introduce to fundamental investing concepts and how businesses work
  • Define money and how you interact with it in different ways
  • Articulate why people invest and how to develop smart investing strategies
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