Dollars & Sense - Getting Kids Started with Investing

How do you get children interested in the stock market and instill a life long appreciation for the need to save and invest? The earlier you start interesting children in investing and saving, the better their prospects for a financially independent future. One way is to buy shares of specific stocks that kids recognize. Unfortunately on-line brokers that charge minimal commissions, usually require a minimum purchase of $1,000. Even through discount brokers, commissions on purchasing just one or two shares can be expensive. Rather than purchase individual company shares you may find it’s cheaper to invest in a mutual fund that holds some of the above companies in its portfolio. There are a few that allow an opening investment of just $100. With a mutual fund it’s easy for the child to make additional investments with cash gifts from birthdays or special achievements. You and your child will need to first decide on the companies and then compare your options based on convenience and cost-effectiveness. Regardless of whether you or your children are actually buying the stock or mutual fund, purchases for minors under the age of 18 must be made through a custodial account. An adult, usually one of the parents, is registered on the account as custodian for the child. That parent controls the account. The account bears the child’s social security number, not the custodial parent’s.

« Back to Dollars & Sense

Paso Robles
Branch Office

544 12th Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

805/239/4388

San Luis Obispo
Corporate Office

1101 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

805/543/4366

Santa Maria
Branch Office

1157 E. Clark Avenue, Suite H
Santa Maria, CA 93455

805/937/6321