Do you have any new ideas for how to teach saving and investing to our kids?
Mellody: It is still stunning to me that stock market fundamentals—actually, even the basics of saving and investing—are not taught in schools. That means the onus lies on parents to teach their kids. One fun way to get started is to institute a family 401(k) plan.
Most people are familiar with company 401(k) plans, but what about taking that concept home? You can offer to match your kids’ savings…anywhere from a small percentage like 10% to 100% of what they save. This will create a new generation of savers…teaching our kids not to walk away from the same “free money” they’ll be offered later in the form of a company 401(k) plan.
But what if your kids aren’t old enough to have jobs—or savings?
You’re never too young to start saving! Remember, you can match your teenager’s savings from their actual earnings from that summer job, but you can also match whatever potion of their allowance your kids may choose to save. Even the tooth fairy’s payouts can be matched! It’s also a great way for kids to learn math.
Any guidelines for our listeners?
Yes. Keep in mind that just like a company 401(k), this is a long-term savings plan; it’s not for your child to withdraw a week later. You might even consider instating a penalty if they do. Another caveat to consider: Only match what you can afford.
And on that note, while we’re trying to teach our children to save and invest, I have a put a plug in to parents: Many companies suspended their matching programs in the midst of cost-cutting frenzies brought on by the recession, but those numbers are back up now. The discouraging news is that while 73% of companies now offer matching programs, about 30% of plan participants don’t contribute enough to “max out” their company’s match. The best way to teach our kids to save is to lead by example.
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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