Business & Economics Club

Conall Nugent, Section Editor

The Business and Economics Club allows students of all age groups to expose themselves to a difficult topic to understand: the economy. This club meets every cycle on ‘A’ day. While only seniors may take Advanced Placement Macroeconomics, the Business and Economics Club is open to students of all ages.

The club discusses current determinants of the economy, utilizes Bloomberg terminals, and breaks into several subgroups. These subgroups include the Microfinance Club, Entrepreneurship Club, and Green Wave Stock Exchange. In addition, the club is actively creating a financial literacy curriculum for children in Dover and Patterson through Catholic Charities organizations. 

On January 28, Mr. Josh Smith spoke to the group about the different opportunities in the financial services industry to the Business and Economics Club. After graduating from Delbarton, Mr. Smith attended Williams College for his undergraduate degree. Mr. Smith spent some time as a math teacher and basketball coach at Delbarton. Following his time as a teacher, Mr. Smith obtained a masters degree in financial engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Smith’s two sons, Dean (‘20) and Charlie (‘21) currently attend Delbarton.

Many students at Delbarton display an interest in financial services, but the complexity of this industry can be hard to grasp for any high school student. Mr. Smith’s presentation summarized how this industry functions, and some jobs that exist within it. Mr. Smith shed light on a variety of different topics including how companies finance their operations and to simply explain how some of these companies function within the industry. Although difficult to do in the thirty minute ‘M’ block period, Mr. Smith gave all the attendees a great base of what the financial services industry does and how it operates. Therefore, the Business and Economics Club, along with speakers such as Mr. Smith, is one of the many ways that Delbarton prepares its students for life outside of school.