Teaching Investment to Kids

The bible says that teach a child in the way they should go and when they grow they shall not depart from it. This can be applied in teaching investment to children. There are entrepreneurs who hit it big during their thirties and forties but there are some who did it before reaching their twenties so why not your child?  Mark Cuban started with selling garbage bags at the age of 12 years and look how he ended up.

There is also no minimum age to become a millionaire, as these “kids” know firsthand. From playing the stock market to starting up their own companies, check out these 40 teens who made millions before turning 20.

Ashley Qualls: The founder of WhateverLife.com got her ingenious idea back in 2004 when she was just 14. Meant to showcase her design skills, the site really took off when Qualls started doling out freebie MySpace layouts. An anonymous buyer offered her $1.5 million and the car of her choice, but she declined.

Juliath Brindak: She began creating sketched characters at age 10, and then developed a complementary social-media platform at 16. Her Miss O & Friends Company is now worth an estimated $15 million, though Brindak gets most of her revenue from ads.

Sean Belnik: With just $600, Belnik started an e-tail shop at 16, beginning with small items such as trading cards. He then moved on to furniture, founding BizChair.com and proving a knack for the market. By the time he was 20, he was worth $24 million.

Sourced from: http://www.inc.com/john-boitnott/40-young-people-who-became-millionaires-before-they-were-20.html

Should your kids learn how to invest? The answer is a big yes. And there are many reasons as to why they should.

Investing early grabs the power of compound interest.

By far, the biggest reason kids should invest is compound interest, which is money that accrues not only on the principal amount of a loan, deposit or debt, but also on the interest that has accumulated on that principal. Over time, compounding means that returns grow very quickly, because you earn money on the funds you’ve already gained. Now, this concept can benefit any investor, but it is particularly useful to children and young adults, because they have more time to allow the interest to continue to compound, yielding significantly larger savings in the long term. In fact, the amount of earnings from the interest can be so big that Albert Einstein, widely considered to be one of the most brilliant scientists and mathematicians who ever lived, once called it the eighth wonder of the world.

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How your kids will relate to money as adults depends on how they relate to it as kids courtesy of you, the parent. Childhood spending habits go all the way to adulthood and they pick it all from mum and dad.

The common parenting behaviors that influence your money habits as adults are:

1.) The Behavior: Your Parents Never Talked or Taught You About Money

Not all parents treat their children as equals. Thus, talking about money or inculcating a sense of responsibility about money takes a backseat.

The Influence: With no knowledge of how to manage your money, you would oscillate between overspending and under saving. Moreover, you will also remain ignorant about ways to multiply your wealth by investing it.

2.) The Behavior: Your Parents Lived Frugally

A vast majority of parents belong to the middle class—neither rolling in wealth nor afflicted by poverty. Thus, they live within their means for various reasons—ranging from staying afloat to prioritizing the family’s needs over yours. However, this left you with a feeling of always wanting something, which was beyond their means.

The Influence: If you felt deprived as a child, you would compensate for that by appeasing your “urge to splurge” as an adult. In this case, overspending becomes your way of dealing with the feelings of deprivation as a child.

Sourced from: http://www.igrad.com/articles/childhood-money-habits-learned-from-parents

Now that you know the right thing to do it is important to know how to do it. Of course kids will always want to spend and spend knowing that mum or dad will give them the next allowance but you need to get them ready for adulthood in a few simple steps.

Investing Should Be a Family Activity

Some parents are guilty of not discussing personal finance with their children, and almost all parents are guilty of not discussing investing with their children. Investing should be a family activity. Children mature at different rates, so it may take some time before your child is ready to tackle concepts like portfolio creation and asset allocation; however, the basics of investing can be taught quite young.

Risk and Reward

Before you have your kids spending Saturdays at the library using the internet to check company profiles, you will have to explain risk and reward. Risk is the possibility that an investment will lose some or all of its value. Reward is the percentage of gain that your investment experiences over time – the return on investment (ROI).

Sourced from: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/childinvestor.asp

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