Nicholas Fainlight is a young professional studying finance and investing at Queens College. Fascinated by finance for his entire life as a result of growing up outside of New York City with family members involved in finance, Nicholas still reads the Wall Street Journal nearly every morning. He also enjoys exploring a diverse portfolio of other news sources to stay up-to-date and informed. Since taking his first Economics class as a Junior in high school, Nick has been smitten by the subject. One of the most important things about making an impact, he has found, is being able to operate beyond the simple quantitative analysis portion of the topic. Nicholas Fainlight believes it is important to be able to speak up in conversation and remain eager to learn through experience.
Nicholas is currently completing an internship with the Charlotte Hornets national basketball team, combining his interests of both sports and finance. He is the Premium and Membership Sales Intern, where he is building a repertoire of sales skills, while putting his financial smarts to use and helping the team form key partnerships and a steady support base. Nick is expected to graduate from Queens College this year with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), and is eager to put his experience and knowledge to good use with a career in the finance industry.
Nicholas Fainlight is interested in many areas of finance, but in particular he is fascinated with financial technology (fintech) such as personal finance apps, and anything involving an element of uncertainty. Some of his favorite finance topics are futures trading, the alternative energy market, and the valuation of sports teams and corporations.
What excites Nicholas about futures trading is its unpredictability; this area of the stock market involves making predictions on future market trends based on past trends and whether or not a commodity’s value will change, so there’s a huge element of uncertainty to it. Another area of the stock market that interests him is the sustainable energy market because of the potential risks and rewards associated with alternative forms of energy. Nicholas is also fascinated with how sports teams are assigned value by economists and how volatile that value can be.
In addition to finance, Nicholas Fainlight is also an avid sports fan. He was a competitive swimmer in high school and has competed in many other sports throughout his life as well, including football, rugby, basketball, baseball, and water polo.
Swimming is by far Nicholas’s favorite sport, but it hasn’t always been that way. He started out playing baseball, then tried out football in middle school and high school, and eventually got involved with swimming as a freshman when he realized he wanted a change and his coach suggested he check out water polo. As he got to know the other students involved with water polo, he realized many of them were on the swim team, so he decided to join, which ended up being one of the best decisions of his life. He formed incredible bonds with his teammates, who became like family members. In addition to loving the support he received from his team, Nicholas Fainlight also loves the beauty of the sport- how smooth and fluid it is, and how precise one’s movements must be to master their technique.
The best thing about sports, for Nick, is being part of a team and all of the lessons and expectations that go along with that. He is so grateful that sports, particularly swimming, taught him discipline and hard work, shaping him into the person he is today. Sports really brought him out of his shell and gave him a confidence he had never possessed. He is a huge fan of Michael Phelps, who is also one of his greatest role models, and the Chelsea FC team.