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Building Futures by Exploring 3 Simple Options for Your Children's Savings or Investment Plan

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. Readers are encouraged to conduct their own research or consult with a qualified financial advisor before making ANY decisions regarding savings or investment plans for their children. The mention of specific banking/financial products does not constitute an endorsement, and readers should thoroughly review the terms and conditions of any product before saving or investing.

As parents, we cherish our children's future and strive to provide them with the best opportunities for success. One significant aspect of securing their future is through thoughtful financial planning. Introducing children to savings and investment plans not only fosters financial literacy but also lays a solid foundation for their long-term financial well-being.

In this blog, we'll explore three straightforward options for initiating your children's savings or investment plan, each uniquely tailored to accommodate diverse needs and preferences. With these accessible options at your fingertips, there are no more excuses to delay the journey toward securing your children's financial future.

1. Traditional Savings Accounts with a Twist

Traditional savings accounts are the go-to option for many parents. However, consider exploring accounts specifically designed for minors. Some financial institutions offer attractive interest rates and benefits like fee waivers or rewards programs tailored to young savers.  For example, Credit Unions of Jamaica offers a Youth Savers Account as a smart way to introduce a child to the importance of keen money management. This account is targeted at young savers from 1 day old up to 16 years of age. A youth saver can open an account starting with as low as Ja$120. Another great example is Jamaica National Building Society’s JN High Yield Saving account. With this account one can save for a fixed period of 12 months, with a minimum starting amount of Ja$5000, US$100, £100 or Can$100. You can also make regular monthly deposits by standing order of a minimum of Ja$5000, US$100, £100 or Can$100. The account is available to persons living in Jamaica, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Additionally, apps and online platforms often provide interactive features that can make saving fun and educational for children.

2. Educational Investment Funds

Education is a key investment in your child's future. Educational investment funds, such as 529 plans in the United States, offer tax advantages and flexible investment options specifically earmarked for educational expenses. These plans often have a range of investment portfolios to choose from, allowing you to align your investment strategy with your risk tolerance and time horizon.

A Jamaican example is the National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited’s Omni Educator. This is a long-term tax-free investment plan that allows parents to save for their children's tertiary education. It is stated as the only education savings plan in Jamaica that pays a 35% grant on the eligible accumulated value. One may also benefit from up to $8.5M in insurance coverage.

3. Stock Gifting Programs

Introducing children to the world of stocks can be both educational and rewarding. Stock gifting programs enable parents to gift shares of stock to their children, often with the option to set up custodial accounts. This hands-on approach not only instils a sense of ownership and responsibility in children, but also allows them to learn about the workings of the stock market first-hand. For example, the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s (JSE) online trading platform offers investors the opportunity to trade securities listed on the market operated by the JSE. Engaging in online trading provides you with the convenience of accessing a digital platform to swiftly buy and sell various securities like stocks, options, bonds, and mutual funds. Through an online trading platform, you can execute transactions with ease, bypassing the delays associated with traditional methods. This streamlined process empowers investors to efficiently manage their investments with just a few clicks, offering unparalleled convenience and control.


Choosing the right savings or investment plan for your children is an important decision that requires careful consideration. By exploring the simple but impactful options available, you can tailor a plan that aligns with your financial goals, risk tolerance and preferences, while also providing valuable financial education and opportunities for your children. Whether you opt for a traditional savings account, an educational investment fund, or stock gifting program, the key is to start early, stay consistent, and watch your children's savings or investments grow into a bright future.

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Takiece Brown
Takiece Brown
Mar 03

That's right, start early! Set your child up for greatness.

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