Do I have to buy Stuff with my Stock?
Yes, the goal of STUFF&STOCK® is to teach financial literacy. Pairing the high interest Stuff with the “&Stock” allows the child to connect with the value of owning a stock. As an investment and educational tool; buying stock that is easily understood by the child teaches financial literacy skills, stock market savvy, and how to grow wealth. Investing will also assist in developing math skills as they watch and evaluate how their investment grows over time.
What is a DRIP?
DRIP is the acronym for Dividend ReInvestment Plan, but it also describes the way the plan works. With DRIP, the dividends (earnings) that you receive from a company automatically goes toward the purchase of more stock, making the investment in the company grow little by little. What’s also great about DRIP is that it’s not necessary to purchase a whole share of stock. Investor deals directly with the company, and the corporation keeps detailed records of share ownership percentages.
Why focus on DRIPs?
We primarily focus on DRIPs becuase they are low risk and tend to have a stabilizing influence on stock prices. The dividends that an investor receives from a company goes toward the purchase of more stock, making the investment in the company grow little by little overtime, which works well with an Custodian/UTMA Account.
Where can I find DRIPs?
There are over 1300 DRIP options available to you. We provide a DRIP list for your review. We also provide Jackie’s Gift Guidance, which are names that young people gravitate towards because the names are recognizable. DRIPs are usually conservative low risk stocks that encourage long-term investment rather than active trading. Click here to Request Access to DRIP List.
NOTE: JackieTrust is an educate on financial literacy and gift to children service. JackieTrust does not have a Series 7 license, so we do not recommend any stocks; therefore, you are not limited to the list made available by Computershare.
How do you create the STUFF&STOCK®?
As an example (only), if the child or parent is excited about transportations, you can look at companies that make e-cars, focus on renewable energy or alternative transportation methods. Again, as an example, Stuff&Stock® could bundle a slice of Tesla and with an age appropriate financial themed book or a book about the company. Now ever time the young person sees a Tesla, SpaceX, Solar Roof or a Powerwall it reminds them of their ownership.
How does STUFF&STOCK® match a gift to a DRIP Stock?
STUFF&STOCK® always begins with what is of interest to the young person (child, teen, young adult). The team connects their interest to stock ownership. They are constantly reviewing (usually) DRIP and has determined a preliminary list of child friendly gifts belonging to companies offering Dividend ReInvestment Programs (DRIP); by their nature DRIPs are conservative low risk stock that encourage long-term investment rather than active trading.
What is a Custodial Account and why is it needed?
At what age does the child have access to the account?
As the Custodian, will I have to pay taxes on the gifts?
Consult with your tax accountant for answers to tax related questions. However, up to $14,000 annually can be gifted to the child without triggering mandatory filing of IRS Gift Tax Form 706 and possible payment of gift taxes. JackieTrust®will stay abreast to any changes to the IRS ruling.
What are some possible financial values of a STUFF&STOCK®?
I did not have a STUFF&STOCK® growing up and frankly I do not remember most of the gifts (Stuff) I received as a child, but let’s assume my custodians started a STUFF&STOCK® for me as a minor. Let’s also assume that over time, with some presents (Stuff&Stocks™) from friend and family, it became a $10,000 investment. Now, that $20 per week for a total of 9.5 years. Not only would I be able to remember the gift by the paired family stock but…
Had they invested $10,000 in Proctor Gamble (PG) in 1970, today, would own 5,727 shares, worth about over $363,000.
Had they invested $10,000 in 1990 in CocaCola (KO), today you would own 1,047 shares, worth over $73,143.
Had they invested $10,000 in Walmart (WMT) in 1980 I would own 74,472 shares worth over $3,900,000.
Had they invested $1,000 in Microsoft in 1986, today, it would have been worth roughly $760,000 30 years later.
Why the stock market instead of other plans for children?
It is always your choice but data shows that a child with a college saving is more likely to go to college so it goes without reason to believe that a child with investments will develop a better understanding of investing and growing wealth. The child can use the money for college but can also continue to invest and increase wealth.