Numbers equate for young Warrnambool sharemarket genius

IF you were a punter, you might want to put your money on Brauer College student Henry McLeod.
Nanjing Night Net

The year 12 student has made some smart investments and taken on national recognition for playing the markets wisely — the only problem being that it was all imaginary.

Welcome to the stockmarket game, a task used by maths teachers to bring graphs and statistics to life using the power of classroom competition, piggybacking on the nation’s financial institutions.

The 18-year-old VCAL maths student has emerged the luckiest from across the state and came second for his fiscal fortunes nationwide.

The exercise gives students around $50,000 in play money to sink into their pick of the top 200 listed companies on the ASX.

“I bought into the ANZ, Sydney Airport, Car Sales and the Reject Shop,” Henry said.

Then he played the waiting game.

“It’s actually a bit of a thrill,” he said.

“I didn’t have a strategy, it was just the market that played my way.”

In the end Henry came out nearly $8000 on top, beating thousands of other students around the country. But he has no plans to wear a suit and take up an office in Melbourne. Instead he wants to head to his native New Zealand.

“I’m thinking about going back to New Zealand and being a dairy farmer over there,” he said.

Maths teacher Barry Murrell said students came out of the semester with a better handle of statistics and percentages.

Brauer College student Henry McLeod, 18, won the state stockmarket game and came second in the national competition with a little help from his VCAL maths teacher Barry Murrell.

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