PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. -- Pulaski County Special School District is home to both the elementary and middle school winners of the statewide Investwrite Essay Competition! Congratulations to Victoria Alexander, 5th grader at Cato Elementary, and Bella Kohler, 6th grader at Sylvan Hills Middle.

Victoria and Bella researched and wrote about long-term investments and the capital markets. Both were recognized at the recent School Board meeting.

Victoria discussed the importance of research.

“Research is how individuals and businesses collect and use data,” said Victoria. “Accurate and current research helps make good decisions. Research begins by asking the right questions.”

Bella discussed the process she uses to find stocks for long-term investments.

“First, look at the long-term performance outlook on Yahoo! Finance,” said Bella. “If it is red, then you shouldn’t pick that stock. If it is green, then it might be a good long-term stock. The next thing to look at when you’re researching stocks is the fair value bar. You can find the stock value at what my teacher calls “the rainbow bar.” It will say undervalued, fair value, or overvalued. If it says undervalued or fair value, the stock might be a good selection.”

SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite national essay competition bridges classroom learning in math, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for saving, investing and long-term planning.