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Matthew Williams places third in Fall 2016 InvestWrite

Matthew Williams, a seventh grader at Barth Elementary School, has claimed third place among middle school students in the SIFMA Foundation’s Fall 2016 InvestWrite® competition. The program challenges thousands of students across the country to consider an investing scenario and make recommendations that incorporate short- and long-term investment goals. Williams is among 20,000 students this school year who participated in the InvestWrite challenge, which bridges classroom learning in mathematics, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning.

“Matthew Williams’ innovative investment analysis of companies utilizing augmented and virtual reality earned him the SIFMA Foundation’s ‘InvestWrite Genius’ title this year,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “We commend Matthew and his teacher, Lewis Smith III, for this achievement. Helping students better understand our economy, our markets, the role of investors, and how to make good investments will pay dividends for the students, their education, and the economy.”

InvestWrite serves as a culminating activity for 600,000 4th-12th graders nationwide who compete each year in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game™, an online simulation of the global capital markets that reinforces STEM learning, 21st Century skills, economics, investing and personal finance. Since InvestWrite’s inception in 2004, over 200,000 students have submitted essays.

The essay prompt challenged Williams to research augmented and virtual reality and apply concepts learned in The Stock Market Game™, to make a portfolio recommendation based on what would be a good long-term investment—in reality. Williams focused on Intel, including in his essay, “In its third quarter, Intel had 9.1% year-over-year revenue growth and 21% year-over-year net income expansion. These results have outperformed some of its competitors. INTC is currently trading at $35 per share, which has tripled within three years. This expansion of growth far surpasses its competitors in similar industries and shows that Intel is a solid long-term investment…. My question to you is, are you ready to Intel-A-Port your world?”

InvestWrite enables students like Matthew Williams to develop the personal financial savvy needed to make practical financial decisions with confidence and gain a deeper understanding of economic opportunities, consequences, and benefits. Students consider real-world events and news, conduct research online, and develop investment recommendations. They work in groups during the Stock Market Game program and then write their InvestWrite essays individually to reflect their critical thinking, analysis and creative talents.

Williams is an accomplished gymnast having competed in the USAG Jr. Olympics and he hopes to one day make the USA National Team. He also plays baseball and has been named to several all-star teams. His teacher, Lewis Smith III, uses the Stock Market Game program in his classroom because of its applicability to STEM and economics. Smith said, “With the InvestWrite program, my students see connections all around them. They see the usefulness of their inventive, artistic and analytic talents. Here a mathematical ability and the development of clear and concise expression coincide to generate a real-world argument which students can be proud of.”

Winning InvestWrite essays are chosen through rigorous judging by thousands of teachers and industry professionals who evaluate students’ understanding of long-term investing, diversification, the capital markets, and factors that drive investments as well as their expression of investment ideas in essay form.

An independent, double-blind, nationally randomized evaluation conducted by Learning Point Associates (now AIR) found that The Stock Market Game improves students’ academic achievement and personal financial behavior. Students who participated in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests than their peers who did not participate. They also found that teachers who taught The Stock Market Game reported that the program motivated them to better plan for their own financial futures. The Stock Market Game has been named the only program that successfully increased scores on the Jumpstart Coalition’s test of high school students’ financial literacy.

Matthew Williams and his teacher, Lewis Smith III, were honored at an awards event on Wednesday, March 22nd at Barth Elementary School. Members of the school administration, representatives of the community and the SIFMA Foundation including SIFMA Foundation President Melanie Mortimer were in attendance at the recognition event.

Winning Essay by Matthew Williams: Intel-A-Port Your World

Did you join the hunt for Pokémon this summer? If so, you have become part of the new augmented reality phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. The developer of Pokémon Go, Niantic, brought many of us on a journey this past summer, engaged in a world of augmented reality just by using our cell phones. Niantic made AR affordable and fun for the family. Within days and even weeks, people from different communities were walking the streets, driving in cars, socializing and trying to find characters that exist only in a virtual world, all while bringing our true reality together. We are still on a lookout for an affordable, quality-made Virtual Reality headset. Well-known companies like Oculus, Google, High Fidelity, Next VR, Facebook, Microsoft, and even Sony, have joined the efforts to create and develop similar VR equipment; however, their retail price comes at a high expense and is not affordable for the average consumer.

Intel (INTC), has high holdings in the nation's largest mutual funds of Vanguard 500 Index and Fidelity Magellan. Intel is a leader in technology innovation and has developed a VR headset with their unveiled Project Alloy, which introduces a merged reality with vivid interaction and cinematic gaming experience and you can enjoy live events as if you were there in person. It is cordless, allowing you the ability to merge reality through physical movement to explore a virtual world. Intel’s vision is to promote, strengthen and enhance the VR community. Most VR vendors aim at developing their headsets for gaming purposes, but Intel plans to deliver the whole package. This virtual reality experience will demand great PC computing performance and power, and that is where Intel excels. Intel processors are already the most recommended by leading VR vendors. Leading the way is the powerful Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.1. This gives Intel the edge to rise above virtual reality for gaming, and elevates its place in the world of medicine. Research from Dr. Bobby Lazzara, a Cardiac Surgeon and the Executive Director of Medical News Minute, states “VR brings medical imaging to life.” Dr. Bobby Lazzara believes that virtual reality can give physicians who treat patients an intriguing view upon their anatomy and pathology. It can improve patient diagnosis, treatment and education in medicine.

Founded in 1968, by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, a chemist and a physicist, their first product launched was a state of the art semiconductor. Intel went on to make the world’s first solid state memory, DRAM products, general purpose microprocessors, motherboard chipsets and many other products. They have been the leader in technology ever since. At a time when Intel was struggling to find its place in the world of mobile technology, in came the era of virtual reality, where Intel can now provide cutting edge processors to deliver the performance necessary to conquer the powerful VR worlds.

In recent months, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich implemented a major overhaul and is in the process of transforming Intel from non-growth years to a profit-making company again. It is creating new partnerships and working on new

technologies to achieve the goal of being the chip supplier of the future. Included in the many changes are the growing investments in autonomous driving, drones and virtual reality interest. In its third quarter, Intel had 9.1% year-over-year revenue growth and 21% year-over-year net income expansion. These results have outperformed some of its competitors. INTC is currently trading at $35 per share, which has tripled within three years. This expansion of growth far surpasses its competitors in similar industries and shows that Intel is a solid long-term investment.

This past summer was an eye-opening experience into the world of virtual reality at the average consumer level. Pokémon Go made national and international headlines with its sudden appearance on everyone’s phone and the whole nation was doing the same thing simultaneously. Imagine if we could elevate that sudden impactful experience into the world of education, science, medicine, and any related areas of growth. Intel has proven to be a leader in technology and has pioneered the way through revolutionary products and has overcome obstacles and adversities. My question to you is, are you ready to Intel-A-Port your world?