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The average young Australian aged 18 – 24 years old is $4,500 in debt and we think that needs to change.

With rising house prices in a busy world, securing financial independence is going to be the biggest priority for future generations.

Many families have started to realise that investing isn’t out of reach for regular families and have started setting up small investment funds that have the potential to ensure nothing is out of reach for their children. 

Step 1 – Set up small but regular investments for your child

Did you know that if you:

  • Started with $500
  • Invested $100 a month from their birth through to 18
  • At a conservative 6% interest rate
  • You’d have $40,000 on their 18th birthday.

Beats being down $4,500 doesn’t it? Try this out yourself on the free calculator

Parents are investing in some of the following things:

  1. Index Funds – Every month that $100 is automatically split across hundreds of proven companies. You won’t get rich overnight but is seen as a safe way to invest over a long period of time with good returns.
  2. Individual Shares – Buying what shares they know (such as CBA or Telstra). Whilst a bit riskier than index funds due to not being spread out and diversified, many parents like to invest in what they know
  3. Managed Funds – Using a service like Fledged to make it easy and hands off if you aren’t sure of where to start and what exactly to invest in. 

Step 2 – Gifts

Make sure gifts from friends and family get deposited into this investment fund as this has a huge impact. 

If you deposited a $200 gift from your parents when your child is born, on their 18th birthday, at a 6% return this would be worth $587!!

Step 3 – Financial Literacy

Take the 18 years to work with your children on basic financial literacy skills, from the barefoot investor through to having them buy their own shares with you so they can start to understand investing and saving. 

It’s important to ensure they have these skills so they can properly capitalise on this gift you are creating them and they don’t have a blowout once they turn 18!

Step 4 – Close the bank of Mum and Dad early

A fund like this is a privilege, not a right so hand over the reigns when you think your children are ready. Parents are closing the bank of mum and dad early and using these funds to help their children with a number of things:

  • Continue investing and be financially independent (Check the calculator to see what would happen if they continued investing from this early age)
  • Buy a property
  • Put some away in their super account
  • Education
  • Travel and life experiences (when we’re allowed to again of course!) 

About Fledged 

We’re currently building Fledged to be a safe and simple platform parents can use to get started setting up their own financially independent children. If you fall in the 80% of parents who want to do this but aren’t sure where to start – we could be the solution for you. 

  1. Basic Investment Fund – If you aren’t sure what to invest in or how to start, we can have you set up in minutes with every dollar you invest automatically split across 1800 of the worlds proven, top companies
  2. Gifting Options
  3. We make it possible for friends and family to gift directly into the fund. Some friends and family members never know what to buy and would love to gift a high impact, sustainable present in the form of an investment
  4. Memories – Friends and family can also leave messages and photos so your children know who has helped them and been there along the way
  5. Basic Financial Literacy – If you need it, Fledged can help you with the basics of financial literacy in no time

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Happy investing from the Fledged team! 

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  • Fantastic advice

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  • A great idea which adds up pretty quick

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  • I wish to have spare 100$ to do it regularly….

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  • We set up accounts for our 2 from birth. We put in $12 a week which means they will at least have 10,000 by the time they are 18 plus family gift into their account and interest from the account will mean a lot more than that over the years

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  • We have accounts for both of our kids I think we’re only doing $10 a week though- need to check that!

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  • The issue with this is that almost nowhere will get you 6% interest. Also when the fund is given to them they end up being taxed on it all. Better to put it towards any loans or keep it aside yourself until you can use it to contribute to something like a house for them.

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  • I’m always Leary of shares, sure when it goes well that’s great but it often doesn’t go well.

    My 7yo has had a bank account since she was 2yo that gets $100p/m with .95% interest. While its no 6% it is a guaranteed return. Plus we are lucky that we have 3 investment properties, and she will not be lacking for income when i’m no longer around.

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  • Good tips

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  • Unfortunately we were young and struggling to make ends meet as it was & didn’t have that kind of money spare. We worked hard to get in to a good financial state but the best we have been able to do is buy our children their first cars. 2 down & 1 to go. I have educated my children on the importance of saving money, living to a budget & avoiding credit cards, so hopefully once they leave home they will be more likely to make good financial choices & not end up in debt.

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  • We will out money aside for our babies regularly. Not sure if it will be 40,000 though! But I’ll try

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  • I put money aside for my sons every month in their own accounts but this sounds too stressful to follow through with.

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  • It’s important to establish a healthy mindset when it comes to money. Differentiating between wants and needs and putting some savings aside.

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