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Preparing for your children’s financial future

Preparing for your children’s financial future

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Allowing your children to grow and flourish in the world should happen organically, but parents can offer a little helping hand and guidance. Money makes the world go round, as they say, and it can be important to give your children opportunities as they get older.

Financial planning is important to build stability and security for your family, but preparing for your children’s future can be a good step to help them as they mature. How can you best go about this?

Start as early as possible

The sooner you can start planning for your children’s financial future, the more likely you are to achieve your ambitions. To maximise savings and investments you need a long-term strategy. Building a nest egg takes patience and consistency.

Setting goals is a good way to take incremental steps towards the future you want to provide. You could link targets to ages, or milestones such as taking driving lessons or moving away to university. Consider where you want to be and you plan your progress towards that.

Save and invest wisely

Understanding financial vehicles such as savings accounts and investments is crucial to enhance your preparations. Accumulating a nest egg in a current account isn’t a wise move. Instead, make use of interest rates in bonds or junior savings accounts to boost your funds over time.

If you want to opt for more inflation-proof investments, research the many options out there. You’re better off choosing a low-risk investment strategy such as index funds or property to ensure that you don’t lose the money you have put aside for your children.

Get life insurance

Parents must prepare for the worst, though hopefully it never comes. Life insurance is essential to give your family financial security if you or your partner pass away. Even if you’re fit and healthy, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Teach them about money management

You shouldn’t just spoon-feed your children’s financial stability. Teach them about financial independence and money management so they can stand on their own two feet in the future. With insight, they’ll be able to use the funds you accumulated for them much more effectively.

Start with simple principles including saving and spending. These will help them to learn the value of money and realise that it’s not infinite. As they get older, you can introduce aspects like budgeting to give them skills to maintain their financial stability and hopefully pass it on to their children. Good luck!

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