EDISON — Nine Investment Club students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison joined advisor Mrs. Jo O’Connell on an informative trip to the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 28.
Students who attended the trip were Amruth Alluri of Edison, Michael Anastasiou of Scotch Plains, James Berry of Edison, Randolph Best of Somerset, Jay Won Choi of Edison, Max Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Ishmael Menns of New Brunswick, Joseph Raymonds of Warren and Ali Reza of Carteret.
Wardlaw Country Day School graduate Thomas Kay ’70 provided a very interesting tour of the exchange and he explained how much it has changed in the past several years, especially as computers are doing more of the work. The students met with some of the traders and learned how things work in that business.
“The Wardlaw-Hartridge Investment Club was very fortunate to explore the New York stock Exchange with the help of Thomas Kay (a Managing Director of JP Morgan),” Michael Anastasiou said. “The insight he provided illustrated the change of the stock market over the years; mainly due to the inception of new technologies. We hope that next year the younger club members can enjoy this special event.”
Next, the group walked over to the Goldman Sachs building and met with Mr. Robert Berry, father of James and Nicola (W-H Class of 2010) and a Board of Trustees member at W-H. Mr. Berry had one of his traders give a tour of one of their six trading floors (each the size of a football field) and explained what he does and how he got there. Mr. Berry spoke with the group and explained, explaining what Goldman Sachs does and how it differs from other banks such as Wells Fargo.
“We had a terrific time,” Mrs. O’Connell said. “The students asked a lot of questions and were fascinated at the whole trip.”