The Perfect Way For Children To Invest

“I wish I knew this when I was younger.”

When I scan my book’s Amazon reviews this is the most common comment people write. They’re referring to the benefits of compound interest and how low-cost index funds beat most actively managed products.

Unfortunately, many people believe it’s too late for them. They didn’t start to invest when they were young. But they know their children can.

If you live in the United States and you would like your children to invest their babysitting money, there’s is a solution.

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions.

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11 Responses

  1. Rob DiCastri says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Is there anything like this for Canadian kids, either living in Canada or overseas? I have a 7 year old godson in Canada who had been asking me how he could invest and I didn’t have a clue. I’d also love to give my kids this option.



  2. says:

    A very informative piece. Every parent should ensure that his or her children have investments that will help secure their future. This way, when they are gone, the children can lead a happy life.

  3. Dave says:

    Thank you so much for this Andrew. This is exactly what I was looking for. I have a couple of clarifying questions. Am I correct that I could either set up an account in their name (UGMA account) or I could set up an account in my name for my kids and then at the point when they are old enough, transfer it over to their name? Is that a pretty straight forward process? We are Canadians living in Singapore and my kids are 10 and 12 and I would love for them to understand low cost investing and the power of compound interest over the long term. I would love for them to be able to put small amounts into their investments and not have to pay fees to do so. So would you recommend the Vanguard or the Fidelity funds? And which bonds would you recommend? Thanks,

    • Hi Dave,

      You method that you are referring to is for Americans. For Canadians abroad, it won’t be as easy. I’m assuming you have an offshore account of ETFs, much as I described in my book, Millionaire Expat. Designate a different fund for your child within the same account. When they are old enough, sell it and give them the money to open their own account. You won’t pay taxes on that sale. If you own a Vanguard global stock market fund, differentiate your money from your child’s money buy buying them an iShares global index fund or a Vanguard all-in-one portfolio ETF.


  4. Colin says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I read this page with interest after recently becoming a father and having read your books several times before taking the plunge with a Couch Potato portfolio for my wife and I’s retirement. I watched the video earlier of one of your former students investing in the Vanguard 2060 all market.
    As we are looking to retire back to the UK (from Singapore, and not in the short term) I was just wondering what you would recommend for purchasing an all-in-one portfolio ETF, in order for my son to start investing now.

    Thanks again,


  5. Helmut says:

    Can you recommend how to open an investment account for children for an expat family from southamerica

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