1. says

    I didn’t tried to invest when I was high school, all I do is spend and spend, at the last year I decided to save and I did a good job. I read a lot of finance blogs before but just like what you said, I still can’t open an account to invest in stocks, so I need to wait a year more. :(
    I just hope they can change the rules and make it 16 years and above..That way many teenagers can really invest early and grow their assets in such a young age.

  2. says

    The biggest deal with starting to invest in high school is the time factor. The earlier you start, the longer time frame you have for your investments to grow. This could lead to significantly greater returns.

  3. says

    I wish I had started in high school instead of spending all the money I earned. It’s a shame really to think of all the lost compounding time. I plan to do my best to be open about our investments with our children when they’re old enough to start grasping the concept. Opening up some custodial accounts is a great way to get them involved.

  4. says

    I didn’t get started investing until after college but I think it’s a great idea to get your kids started as early as possible. I have a plan to help my kids learn even younger than high school, by letting them “invest” their allowances and make simple asset allocation decisions and watch their money grow or shrink with the market movements. I just want them to get used to the concepts and I don’t think you have to wait until they’re legally allowed to invest to do so. But for older kids, these are all great ideas.

  5. says

    Our kids are 4 and 2 so they’re way out from having this as a discussion. We have 529 plans and I could see sharing with them the history and tracking the performance, which might lead to more interest in direct investing. We’ll see how it all shakes out in 10-12 years or so :)

  6. says

    I involved my children in investing when they were teenagers. It helped them earn money for a car. I think it is good time to learn about saving and investing under the parent’s tutelage.

  7. says

    I invested a bit in high school, but it was kind of with my grandpa. We each picked a stock and put a little bit into it. I no longer have the stock, but I think it’s a great idea to as least get familiar with the market at a young age, even if you don’t have the money to invest right away.

  8. says

    I wanted to buy Chrysler stock when I was in high school – this was back in the early 80’s- but I didn’t have enough money to make it worthwhile considering the high commissions of that time. It would have been a good investment if I would have been able to make it.

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