DRIPs and Investment Accounts for Kids
From Coins to Dollars - Even Kids Can Create Wealth!
Teach Your Children to Invest in the Stock Market
Have you ever thought about teaching your children to invest in the stock market? From the time most kids are very young, they love to count their money. Once they own their first piggy bank, some children can spend hours stacking up all the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in their bank, and counting how many they have. After they reach school age, and they know how to count money in larger amounts, often children will begin to keep a running total of how much they have.
You may not be aware of it, but these children have already developed a very important milestone in their maturity. They have learned the value of deferred gratification. Rather than rushing to spend every dime that they accumulate, they would rather watch their money grow. These children are ideal candidates for learning about how to invest.
If you begin slowly, allowing them to save or invest some of their money while keeping the rest of their cash at home where they can see it, your children will love having money in more than one form and location!
Your Kids Will Love to Know They Can Make Money From Their Money!
Studies show that children who learned to save their money and defer gratification are happier and more financially secure as adults. This is a skill that parents can teach their children. This is a book that both parents and children will find helpful.
Find Savings Plans for Kids
The first step you will want to take in teaching financial literacy to your children is to open a savings account. Add a little money to what they already have. Do you have relatives who give your children money on their birthdays or other holidays? Put that money in the savings account, too. In the United States, you will want to open the account under the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act. This is a joint account held by both a parent and a child. The child gets full control of the money once they turn 18, and the parent have control of it until then. Many banks and credit unions also have special accounts for children that are intended to encourage children to save their money in the bank. Frequently these accounts have either no fees, or very few fees. In order to encourage savings in young children, banks, credit unions and similar financial institutions will sometime even give a small gift to a child who opens an account. In addition, your children will get interest on their money. In this way, you will get the opportunity to explain the benefits of compound interest to your children, and they will have fun watching their money grow.
Whenever your child gets a bank statement, show it to him, and discuss how they might use the money in the future. While the idea of saving for college or a house may not interest some children, the idea of saving towards their first car could motivate them to keep the money in the account until they reach their teens.
Teens Will Love Knowing That They Can Build Money for Their Future
This book is geared specifically for teenagers. Once they have their first job, they have the ability to see how they can start building a fortune for the future.
Open an Investment Account for Children
Another program that is available under the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act is an investment account. Your children will love the idea of owning stock, especially if you help them invest in a company that interests them. Many major corporations that cater to children, such as Disney and McDonalds, have special investment programs for kids. For example, when children own at least 10 shares of Disney stocks, the company will send out special mailings to the kids, including their own annual report.
Your children will feel very mature and grown-up when they own their own stocks, and it will change their attitude about doing business with those companies. They will begin to understand the benefit of visiting a busy McDonalds or seeing long lines at Disneyland, if they understand that they actually earn money when those companies are successful!
Easy Activities to Help Your Kids Grow Their Money
The more you educate your children about investing and financial information, the better off they will be as adults. These are projects that parents and children can work on together!
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Look for Stock DRIP Accounts for Kids
Once your children own stock in a company, one way the value of the investment can grow is through a Dividend Reinvestment Plan. A DRIP, as these plans are called, allows the company dividends to be used to purchase more shares of the stock, without having to pay commissions. Over time, this means that the number of shares your child owns will increase.
Gradually, you child will learn that they can earn money several different ways when they invest. They can earn when their dividends are reinvested. They can earn when stock values go up. And, they can build up their accounts even more as they invest more money over the years. Before your know it, your child will be an enthusiastic investor!
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