About the Wharton competition
The Wharton Global High School Investment Competition is an opportunity for students to use and build their analytical, teamwork, and communication skills through the world of investing. This investment simulation runs for 10 weeks. Teams who make it to the finals are invited to Wharton itself.
The teams will compete against more than 5000 students around the world. Their challenge is to prepare a portfolio that meets the needs of the client and win their business. Teams are able to trade against a limited number of stocks to win their client's business. They will apply all the knowledge they have learned and some more to get the business!
Wharton team members
The Explorer Hop team interviewed Wharton participants on their experiences to help prepare future students and offer them insight into what it's like to compete.
Read on for a written version of our interview with Mary.
EH: How was your experience with the Wharton competition?
Mary: I thought it was a fun experience working with new people and hearing new perspectives.
EH: What was your favorite trade.
Mary: Probably Tencent, because when we invested in it we didn't have high expectations for it, but then it went up 11% which was pretty memorable for me.
EH: What were your likes/dislikes about the competition.
Mary: I really liked the weekly meetings we had with the teachers because in those meetings we discussed what was happening around the world and how it would affect the stock market as well as possible outcomes of certain events. I thought that was really helpful. My least favorite part was when I was watching the prices go up and down because it was stressful!
EH: What is your biggest takeaway from the competition?
Mary: Learning how to work with people I've never met before online and coming up with a strategy together to build a portfolio