The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) spent the morning of Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Doris Johnson Senior High School speaking to a Grade 11 Economics class. This followed an earlier engagement on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Queen’s College speaking with Grade 12 Economics and Commerce students about stocks, investing and the local stock exchange.
Both visits allowed senior Exchange officials the opportunity to interact with young Bahamians in a small discussion setting, that also allowed students the opportunity to ask questions directly to Exchange officials.
BISX Chief Executive, Keith Davies commented on the school outreach:
*”Young people are our future investors, and they bring such a unique perspective to discussions. So we not only talk about investing and stocks, but we also branch out to talk about education, especially their next step in their life, into college or another path. More than a few years have passed since I was a high school student, and it is easy to forget the concerns of young people at that stage in their educational, professional and financial life. Giving them advice on saving, investing and education is great from a social point of view. However, it is also smart business, because this generation is the first generation that will grow up having always been familiar with a stock exchange. BISX is only 13 years old, and these young people will mature along with our nation’s stock exchange.”*
Over the past 5 years, BISX has had the opportunity to speak to a number of schools in Nassau about the Exchange. In the next academic year, they plan to expand this outreach to schools in Grand Bahama, and eventually throughout The Bahamas.