The current generation of children faces exceptional financial challenges.
High university fees, rising house prices and stagnant wages mean that preparing a child for her or his financial future requires ever more thought and planning.
Yet equipping a child for their financial future need not be daunting. As this series will show, much of it comes down to the lessons a child learns, and the small steps parents take to put some money aside while their children are young.
Irrespective of whether a child is taught about money, they will always develop financial habits – and some are more helpful than others. But if parents and schools step in early to give children confidence in handling money well, that child can go into adult life prepared to make sound financial decisions.
Parents and grandparents can also help their children by putting money aside – even the smallest amounts can make a big difference, especially if they start investing when children are young. Finding the right tax-efficient vehicles is, of course, only going to help maximise what you save for your children.
Anyone feeling daunted by the prospect of preparing their children financially for adult life should remember that investing always works best over a long period. As your children grow up, so, too, their financial acumen and assets can be growing with them. It need not be rocket science.
In our new series, Kids & Money, we will look at both financial education and investing for children. As we do so, we hope you will feel ever more equipped to prepare your children and grandchildren for their financial future.
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