SICO BSC (c), a leading regional asset manager, broker, market maker and investment bank sponsored a specialized trading simulation course “Bank Management Simulation”, conducted by the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF). Twelve Banking & Finance students from the University of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytechnic participated in the five-day simulation program. The course covered topics such as equity and fixed income valuations, including how to analyze stock market, equity and bond portfolios and capital allocation based on invested assets in order to maximize returns, along with the impact of provision of loan losses on bank investment decisions.
The course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skillset and practical tools to pursue a career in banking. Using the BIBF Dealing Room, the program introduces simulations as an effective tool for disseminating practical knowledge enabling students to be more competitive on the job market.
Enabling young Bahrainis to develop their leadership skills and enhancing their career prospects is a key priority for SICO’s corporate social responsibility mandate. SICO conducts other financial education programs and offers practical learning experiences throughout the year, such as Trade Quest, a portfolio management competition for high school and university students, as it supports young students seeking to join the Kingdom’s financial sector. SICO also offers internship programs designed to enable students to gain relevant work experience in a dynamic financial environment, which help them meet the work experience requirements of their degree courses and encourage them to consider careers in the banking and finance industry.
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