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Guide To Starting A Student Investment Club

Jan 22, 2008
Investment can be fun and interesting way to teach your kids about investments. If you are a teacher, you could set up a student investment club for your students. Likewise, parents can do the same for their children. Kids can learn about finances and decision making, to prepare them well for later life.

In order to start a student investment club you should actually want to invest. You, as the adult should start the club and provide guidance to the children. Both adults and children can learn a lot from student investment club.

1. The first thing which you need to do is set a goal. You should allow your children to find and choose their own stocks to invest but under your supervision. Kids must get permission from their parents to join and participate in the club. Set weekly or monthly investment goals and review the club performance regularly.

2. Write down a list of rules and adhere to them. The rules can help you to keep control of the group. As you are dealing with youngsters, make sure you explain the rules clearly to them.

3. Limit the investments. Children have limited funds so there should be low limits on the participation requirements as well as limits to the amount the child can invest. Get the buy-in of the parents before you begin. Always consider the amount of money available to students before you choose investments.

4. Make investing interesting. Investing can be quite boring for children. You can make it more interesting by allowing the children to invest in companies they know of. Good examples are toy, games and food companies. Children may lose interest when they find it boring to invest in a company they never heard of.

5. Encourage kids to use their own money. When appropriate the students will learn better when they use their own money. Whether it's from their allowance or from a part-time job, using their own money will force kids to be more interested in the investments.

6. Invite guest speakers to speak at meetings to make it more exciting for the children. Source for professionals in tax, accounting, finance and banking from your local community who is willing to contribute to your club.

7. Divide students into smaller groups. If you have a large group of students, it may be wise to have them form smaller groups. Allow them to form a "corporation" for investing and even let them name their company. Have them choose a president and then let them vote on investment choices.

8. Track the performance of the club investments by using charts and graphs. Keep updated with market trends. You should set a certain day of the week which you will use to review investments with the children.
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Investment clubs have been growing tremendously in recent years, including student investment clubs. Young kids are being encouraged to study about investing at home and in school. Learn more about joining or starting an investment club at www.aboutinvestmentclub.com/home
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