Economics and Business Studies students from Alderley Edge School for Girls are out to prove the stock market is not just for male city traders by taking part in an investment competition.

Wilmslow-based wealth management firm, Equilibrium Asset Management, will share the golden rules of investments with the girls as well as how shares and funds work and how to manage risk.

The pupils aged 15 to 17 will each be given an investment pot of £300 which they will manage over a four month period. Regular updates from Equilibrium will let them know how their investments are performing and the student whose investments earn the highest return will be the winner.

Last year’s winner, Sarah Ekin, made an impressive 9.02 per cent profit on the £300 investment fund she was given at the start of the fantasy investment league.

Mike Deverell, investment manager at Equilibrium Asset Management, said: “The aim of the league is to educate young people on how the stock market works and how global events can have an impact on the UK economy. The students will be able to make changes to their investments which should encourage them to take an interest in the economy as a whole.”

The student who makes the most profit across her portfolio will be presented with an investment certificate and awarded an iPad. Equilibrium will also make a £250 donation and give any profits the girls make from their investments to the school through its charitable foundation.

Pupils from Alderley Edge School for Girls with investment manager Mike Deverell at the launch of the second Equilibrium Fantasy Investment league.