Dishing up life skills on the trading floor

Hong Kong, 30 May 2014

Using a universal metaphor to explain the mechanics of a trading floor can be an entree to understanding for newcomers to financial markets.

A recent visit to Macquarie’s Hong Kong trading floor by 16 and 17-year-old students was made more transparent by the concept of a restaurant: the sales team ‘takes an order’ and traders then execute, or ‘cook’ the trade!

The visit was organised by The Women’s Foundation’s Life Skills Programme, which encourages disadvantaged Hong Kong youth to aspire to career success. Small groups of high school students from low-income neighbourhoods visit various corporate environments, learning about the different types of roles available.

As well as the trading room tour, the 19 students and two teachers visiting Macquarie’s Hong Kong office also heard from recent graduates about their career experiences.

Macquarie has been supporting The Women’s Foundation since 2010, through both the Life Skills program and the Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders.


Image caption: Students to Macquarie’s Hong Kong office get a taste of financial markets as part of the Life Skills Programme.