David Gardner: Supporting Young Investors
I enjoyed watching this recent interview with David Gardner, and related to quite a bit of what he shared. Starting at 11:55, David delves into the simplicity of investing and the importance (or, at least, the advantage) of starting to invest at a younger age. He also mentions a key point: the support of parents often plays a major role in building a teen's interest in investing. Every situation will certainly be unique, but my own experience syncs with just about everything David shares in terms of supporting young investors.
My interest in investing started at the ripe age of twelve when I was looking over my father's shoulder as he read the latest Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Stock Advisor newsletters. After opening up my custodial account, I was soon asking my father to use his pencils2 account to post on the Fool's discussion boards. Being the supportive dad that he was, he said yes without hesitation. Not only was my father very supportive, the Fool was equally welcoming to what turned out to be a thirteen year old bubbling with enthusiasm for stocks and investing.
Parents inspire and support kids in subtle ways, both with investing and other topics and pursuits. I am very grateful for the support, patience, and shared enthusiasm offered by my parents for my various interests, whether it be investing or bird watching or basketball. Patient support and shared enthusiasm can go a long way. I am similarly grateful to the Fools who make up this community and continue to support the learning process of my investing journey.
Thanks, David G, for sticking up for us young bucks and helping create a welcoming haven for individual investors of all ages.