Do the words American Girl dolls, video games, Disney princesses, Monster High Dolls, Hot Wheels, Disney movies and designer clothes make you groan about the state of your pocketbook? If your kids own any of the above listed items, you probably never looked at them as a financial investment. Well, it’s time to rethink that attitude and turn these hot items into real investment opportunities.
Whether your child is an athlete, a shopper, a reader or a video gamer, there is stock out there for every age and every interest. The trick to getting kids to care about investing is by investing in something they already care about. After all, there’s nothing cooler than being able to brag to your friends that you actually own part of a major franchise that’s responsible for the latest trend.
The following is a list of some stocks that might be of interest to the young investor.
1. Walt Disney (DIS) – Disney is a dream company for the young investor. What kid doesn’t dream about going to Disney World? How many little girls own Disney Princess merchandise? How many kids watch the Disney Channel or attend its new movies? The House of Mouse has quite the monopoly on kids everywhere. Princesses not your cup of tea? Disney’s acquisition of Marvel (2009) and Lucasfilm (2012) expands the appeal even further while offering a great discussion topic about growth. Cool stock certificates suitable for framing don’t hurt either.
2. Mattel (MAT) – While it’s most widely known for Barbie, did you know that Mattel also owns the American Girls dolls brand, Polly Pockets, Monster High and Ever After High? They also own Hot Wheels and Fisher Price, so many children could find an interest in owning a piece of the company.
3. Hasbro (HAS) – While less of a household name than Mattel, Hasbro has quite a big share of the toy market. They are responsible for bringing to the world things like Play-Doh, Transformers, GI Joe and Playskool. They produce board games like Monopoly and Twister. And starting in 2015, they will be taking over the manufacturing and marketing of Disney Princess line of merchandise from Mattel, further expanding their appeal and offering a great conversation topic about further company growth and popular trends.
4. Foot Locker (FL) and Nike (NKE) – If you have a young athlete in your home, you might consider investing in these stocks or other athletic brand names.
5. Barnes and Noble (BKS) – Got a reader on your hands? Nothing like owning a share in their favorite bookstore to go with their favorite book. Investing in Barnes and Noble stock can trigger a great discussion about how changing technology (e-readers and ebooks) can affect a company.
6. If you’ve got a child who loves video games or a teen who is glued to his/her iPhone, here’s a chance to get them off the screen or at least switch them to some stock checking instead. The following companies could be interesting to the gadget addict/ gamer:
- Apple (AAPL) – Nothing like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad maker for the cool gadget fan.
- Microsoft (MSFT) – Microsoft is famous for many things, but being the maker of Xbox should hold a certain appeal to the gamers among you.
- Activision Blizzard (ATVI) – Call of Duty and Diablo.
- Electronic Arts (EA) – Sims and FIFA 14.
7. Yum! Brands (YUM) – Your child might balk at eating spinach, but he or she probably doesn’t mind eating out. Yum! Brands, aside from having a fun name, is the owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell – places where most kids wouldn’t mind hanging out. Next time your child buys a slice of extra cheese, he or she can be investing in their own company! And since Yum! Brands is quickly expanding in India and China, it could open the door to a global economy discussion as well.
Whether you choose one of these stocks or find a different hobby of your child’s to invest in, there’s nothing better than showing them you care, both about their financial future and about their interests today. Our CFS advisors at Allegacy Investment Group, available through CUSO Financial Services, LP (CFS) *are here to help get you started. Visit our website, call 336.774.3400 or visit your nearest Financial Center today.
* Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP (CFS), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union and may involve investment risk including possible losses of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. Allegacy Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.