student groups from St Paul's Convent School (Lam Tin) and Heep Yunn School were awarded championship titles for the two rounds of the Citigroup Stock Challenge Programme held last week. Sponsored by the Citigroup Foundation and co-organised by Citigroup and the Learning Society, the event aimed to teach students about the financial market. Young people were able to 'gain a proper perspective and understanding of investing in the stock market', said T.C. Chan, Citigroup country officer for Hong Kong. Although some students found the two-day programme a bit unrealistic, many felt that they gained an insight into the stock market. 'I have learnt much through this competition, especially how stocks function in the market and how people invest,' Cherry Tsoi of Heep Yunn school said. During the first day of the programme, students learn how a stock market works. They are taught basic financial concepts, how news and rumours impact the market, risks and information interpretation. The second day is packed with fun-filled activities as students form mock brokerage houses to test their newfound skills. Each group is assigned $1,000 at the beginning of the game which they use to simulate investment actions of a real brokerage firm. The team that makes the most money at the end is the winner. More than 300 Form Four students from 11 schools participated in the programme.