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Imagine how different your life would be if you learned to handle money when you were still a kid? Personal finance and money management should be taught in school, along with math, reading, and history. But for now, it is not the case. Students leave school without financial skills, pursue their careers successfully, but still find themselves struggling financially. They work harder, make more money, and still can’t get ahead. What is missing from their education is not how to make money, but how to manage money.

— mario puzo

“The only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth.”

The most influential source from which kids learn about money is their parents – their financial habits and values. When you’re young, you think your parents know everything. So, the way you handle (or mishandle) money is what your kids are most likely going to do by default.  

It’s extremely important to talk to your kids about money and teach them basic strategies of money management. It shouldn’t look like another lecture from you. Instead try to capitalize on those teachable moments and maintain continuous dialogue throughout their lives. Look for the clues from you kids, use your judgment and intuition. Just make sure their financial knowledge keeps on growing.   

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Teaching your kids about money is a part of modern parenting. You can’t count on school to do that. Only twenty-one states require a course in personal finance for high school graduation. And even if you live in one of those states, it ‘still your job! The teacher can explain a budget or a credit score, but he can’t pass along your values. Only you can do that. A lot of the qualities we want to instill in our children – generosity, patience, perseverance, curiosity – could be taught using money.  

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Unfortunately, most parents are reluctant to talk about money with their kids. Why? Because they feel they don’t know enough themselves! So, the cycle of financial illiteracy goes on and on.

I have two elementary-school-aged boys. I realized that teaching my kids good financial habits from a young age will give them lifelong skills that will serve them well in their adulthood and most likely be passed on to my grandchildren. I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m learning as I go and I’m happy to invite you on our journey. Every child is different and only you know what’s best for your kids.    

There are only a few concepts that matter in the world of personal finance.  I will show you how I teach my kids the value of money and hard work; the importance of saving; the incredible potential of investing and how to make it automatic; as well as the significance of donating money to causes you believe in.  

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I make it a fun and seamless part of our day-to-day lives.  I am happy to share my system and the tools I use.  

The biggest advantage our kids have is time.  It takes time to let the miracle of compound interest do its work.  The sooner they learn how to manage their money and take control of it, the better off they will be.  

You don't have to do it alone.  There are various helpful resources that will guide you on the journey of teaching your kiddos about money.  
I'm sharing my favorite books, Apps and other tools I've enjoyed using so far.  Stay patient.  Keep the big picture in mind.  I applaud your commitment to make sure your kids grow up to be financial literate adults and live the life of their dreams!

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A loan you make to a government or a company in exchange for regular interest payments (called coupon). The loan is paid back by a specific date (maturity date).  

Bond

Ownership of a piece of a company. Each share of stock is a proportional stake in the company's assets and profits.

Stock

Categories of financial things you own, e.g., stocks, bonds, real estate.  

Asset Class

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Owning several different kinds of assets. Helps minimize investment risk. We diversify because we can’t predict the future of financial markets with any certainty. 

Diversification

How your investments are distributed across different asset classes. When done properly, your allocation factors in your age, income, time horizon and risk tolerance.

Asset Allocation

It’s an investment that is traded on the exchange (like New York Stock Exchange). It is a basket of tens, hundreds, or sometimes thousands of stocks or bonds in a single fund.   

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A financial advisor who has a legal duty to act in your best interest and is not getting paid to steer you into buying overpriced investment products you don’t want or need.

Fiduciary

The profit you get from investing money. This profit is based mainly on the amount of risk associated with the investment. So less-risky investments generally earn a lower rate of return than higher-risk investments.

Return

A chance that the returns on your investments will be different than you expected. Usually refers to investment risk, which is a measure of how likely it is that you could lose money in an investment. 

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Compound interest is one of the most important concepts to understand when managing your finances.

Compound interest is the interest you earn on your interest — in other words, it’s money you earn on the money you’ve already earned.

The Magic of Compound Interest

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The principle of compounding makes me very passionate about teaching our kids about basic of finance. Children’s biggest advantage is having lots of time to compound their money.
When you start investing early, it’s very easy to get rich.  

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” – Albert Einstein

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I don't need to explain that reading a good financial book is worth it - but that doesn’t make reading a book about money any easier.  If you'd like to educate yourself on a subject of money, but not sure which book to pick, you are in luck.  I've compiled a list of top 9 finance books that will give you the knowledge and confidence boost to start improving your finances today.  Happy reading! 
  


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There are various helpful resources that will guide you on the journey of teaching your kiddos about money.  
I'm sharing my favorite books, Apps and other tools I've enjoyed using so far. Stay patient. Keep the big picture in mind. I applaud your commitment to make sure your kids grow up to be financial literate adults and live the life of their dreams!

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