Advice on Investing From a Fifth Grader
“Talents come in many shapes and sizes, just like people. I believe that a talent finds its perfect person, almost like a pet. Some people are good at singing, some are good at dancing, and even some are good at bird calling! My talent is investing for the future.
There could be many reasons to invest for your future. In 10 years, young adults may want to pay off college loans, buy a new car, or even rent a house or apartment. Personally, 10 years from now, I would want to rent an apartment because when I get out of college I’ll need somewhere to live! To make that happen I am going to invest in two companies now, Panera Bread Company (PNRA) and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) to make money in the future.
I chose investing in Panera and Disney for many reasons. According to CNN Money, Disney is rated as the 6th best long-term investment. Panera isn’t on the charts but their annual revenues are going up every year. Also, I think these companies are too popular to go bankrupt. Every year kids beg their parents to go to Disney and everyday people go to Panera to enjoy a yummy treat! These companies are still growing. Disney will add more parks and Panera might add more restaurants. If I invest now I could use the strategy- buy low and sell high- which will earn me lots of money for an apartment in the future!
All of the resources I used were very helpful but some stood out. To me, the articles I read helped me more than any other resource. I say this because articles not only show you an event the company has faced, it explains in vivid details about the event. Charts and graphs only show the information about the company. It’s like comparing a movie to a book. A movie only shows what happened, when a book explains feelings, details, times, and much more. Books can transport readers many places, and I thought the article about Disney took me some place also. In my opinion, news articles are the best tools to help investors while investing for the future.
I hope many young investors realize that like any other talent, investing takes lots of time and effort. Investing involves lots of research. Lots of money can be made if you’re willing to INVEST time and effort towards your talent. Happy investing everyone!!”
Maya, fifth grader and 3rd place national winner in the InvestWrite Essay Contest
Econ Illinois Young Professionals Group
Members of the Econ IL YPG met at the Union League Club of Chicago to discuss plans for the group. The group is planning to host their annual trivia challenge in the fall, a summer social in July and providing opportunities to hear speakers from the financial industry.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Bull and Bear. To join, contact Tricia Maxwell at email@example.com.
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InvestWrite is an innovative national writing competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation, for students in 4th through 12th grade. InvestWrite is open to students who are participating in The Stock Market Game and challenges students to answer an investment-related question.
The SIFMA Foundation is reaching out to find judges for this unique educational competition. Your participation will help recognize students throughout the nation for their newly acquired investment knowledge. Winning students and their teachers will have the opportunity to win great prizes. Fifth grade students from Illinois have placed first in the national competition in the last two years.
As a judge, you will evaluate up to 5 student essays. Essays are generally one page in length. Judging will take place entirely online, with no meetings or phone calls. All contact will be handled via email and through the InvestWrite judging website. Starting April 25, 2014, judges will be notified by email that student essays have been assigned to judge. An email will direct judges to directions on how to review and score.
For more information, visit the InvestWrite website.
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InvestWrite Essay Question:
Imagine that your school is holding “Talent Night.” Because you’ve taken part in The Stock Market Game—your talent is investing! You will make a presentation about saving and investing. In your presentation you will describe something that you want to save for. You will also explain the investment choices you would make to reach that goal in 10 years. Your essay will be your presentation. Choose any two of the following: stocks, bonds, or mutual funds (or any combination).
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