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Is There A Credit Gender Gap?

In the US, Moms are 3.6 times more likely than dads to give their kid a credit card, according to a new WalletHub survey released today. Parents can make their child an authorized user on their account and give them their own card tied to the parents’ credit line.

Making a child an authorized user can be good way to teach them responsibility and help them build a credit history before they are old enough to have a credit card account in their own name. However, not all parents decide to give their kids a card. Below are a few key stats from WalletHub’s survey:

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Key Stats

  • 2.4X more daughters have credit cards than sons.
  • Kids in private school are almost twice as likely to have a credit card.
  • Dads are 3.4 times more likely than moms to monitor their kids’ credit card spending.

Q&A with Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of WalletHub:

What is an appropriate age to give one’s child a credit card?

“It’s a good idea to give your child a credit card for emergencies when they are in high school,” said WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou. “That’s when young people start to exercise their independence more and more, making access to funds for emergencies increasingly important. Plus, adding your child to your credit card account as an authorized user can help them build some credit history, making it easier for them to get their own account after they turn 18. When they’re eligible to get their own account, set your child up with a secured credit card, and have them fund the security deposit themselves. This will give them good practice without too much risk. But it will be their own money at stake, which is important.”

What explains 2.4X more daughters having credit cards than sons?

“My guess is that parents tend to see their daughters as being responsible enough to handle a credit card at an earlier age than their sons,” said Odysseas. “However, the need for financial literacy is gender-agnostic. And the kids who are least responsible may actually need the most hands-on training.”

Should parents closely monitor their kids’ spending?

“Parents should monitor their kids’ spending, both to keep them safe and because it can provide some valuable learning opportunities. But they shouldn’t try to be sneaky about it,” said WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou. “Rather, parents should discuss spending decisions with their children in order to help calibrate how they think about money and improve their financial literacy. Credit cards make this whole process a lot easier than cash.”

A copy of the full report can be found at https://wallethub.com/credit-cards#survey.

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Why Pocket Money Is Important

A child or young person having money of their own is an important rite of passage and pocket money can form the basis of excellent financial education in areas such as budgeting, saving and spending. But it doesn’t have to come exclusively out of your purse or wallet.

A big issue (pun intended), I have with automatically giving pocket money, or an allowance, is that it can easily create an entitlement mentality. Anyone who has seen their teenage child hand on hip, open palmed, demanding cash before going out on a Friday night will know instantly what I mean.

The other place where you regularly get money for nothing is from the benefits system and I don’t believe that many parents are deliberately training their kids down that route!

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One of my favourite money experts, Loral Langemeier is quite definitive on the subject:

“NEVER PAY YOUR KIDS AN ALLOWANCE”

Loral argues that the best investment you can give your child is to teach them the value of entrepreneurship and the way that the economy works. So instead of paying pocket money every week, design exercises and activities that are truly focused on basic finance.

OK you may be thinking but how does this work in practice? Here’s an example, you might sit down with your child and organise some basic household tasks or chores such as doing the dishes or clearing the table.  Work with them to assign a monetary value for each one of these tasks.  Each week as they complete the list, pay them an agreed amount minus a small percentage that goes into a savings account specifically for them. This deduction functions a lot like taxes or regular savings accounts they’d have in the real world.

With teenage children you can add a bit more to this model, including how to manage a bank account, deduct expenses that might make sense given their age, or help save for the things that they’d want to buy.

Why do it this way?  Not only does your child learn the importance of how the economy functions, but they also understand the value of their own work and services.  As they develop their entrepreneurial muscles they may want to take on extra work or start a small businesses of their own. Plus you are automatically encouraging them to save.

Martin Lewis founder of Money Saving Expert and regular TV commentator in the UK is a fan of both pocket money and financial education – and he recommends encouraging children to work for their financial rewards, in order to embed a principle that will serve them well throughout life. Rewards for cleaning the family car or doing the washing up after dinner are great tasks to exchange an agreed amount of pocket money for, but it’s less productive to train children to expect payment for tasks they should be doing anyway, like cleaning their room or doing their homework.

In closing this discussion on the importance of pocket money, a quick word about consistency.

If you promise children a specific amount each week or month, make sure you stick to it. Paying pocket money on an ad-hoc basis will teach them that money promises can be broken; and they will value the money they receive less if you seem to attach little value to the act of giving it.

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What the Schools Will Never Teach You: 3 Well-Kept Secrets to Financial Success

When it comes to Money, Lifestyle and finance, in general, there are lots of financial secrets you may never find in theories, especially in schools- these secrets are financial hacks you must unlock yourself. How will you feel, finding yourself in huge student debt, after spending thousands on college or university and still unable to learn one of the biggest lessons of life? Here are some well-kept secrets to financial success that your schools may never teach you.

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Visualizing Your future is a Great Path to Financial Success

Some financial experts have been able to carry out a thorough investigation on how your financial success can become a manifestation, through continuous visualization. When you visualize, you become clear of your goals and begin to see yourself living in the future already. Many business and finance students are under-utilizing the tool of visualization but if you actually want financial growth, see yourself as of now in that very successful position.

When you see yourself in that financial success right now, you begin to attract individuals and new leads that will drive you towards achieving that dream- this is the simple law of attraction that no school will ever teach you.

There are Many Other Income Streams Besides the Regular White-collar Job

When you are growing up, your mind and brain will be conditioned towards studying hard in school, getting a good grade and landing a job in a company that pays well. The school will also teach you to do everything it takes to climb the corporate ladder, and then save money to become richer.

Most schools wouldn’t want to mention individuals who do not follow these stereotypical routines to become rich. as an adult, you are now beginning to realize that there are several other ways to make money and you even wished you have discovered these opportunities earlier on. The simple truth is that having multiple streams of income aside your regular job is the key to huge financial success. A side business makes you feel like a boss, aside from generating extra money for you.

There is a Correlation Between Emotion and Money

When you are in school, you may be hardly taught about the psychology of spending. When you become an adult, you learn the hard way that our emotions and spending are intertwined. You will hardly find teens and young adults who can control their emotions especially when they see things they like. Becoming a financial success has a lot to do with being financially disciplined. This means you should rather spend on what you need and not your wants.

In conclusion, you need to understand that money is a tool that you need to work with if you truly want to become financially successful. You need to re-educate yourself when it comes to making your money work for you. With the help of a financial advisor, there are several ways through which you can make your money work for you as a tool in order to become financially successful.

Why Is Technology Important To Your Money?

When you don’t have an affinity for technology, it can be easy to find yourself looking for ways to avoid using digital devices all together. As few of life’s tasks will be given to these machines, with paper still playing a large role, and this is how a lot of people still live. Of course, though, when you don’t use the latest gadgets and gizmos, you lose a lot of the benefits which other people will be getting. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the importance of technology in the field of finance, giving you a few more reasons to start using the tools you already own to better control your money.

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Missed Communications

Most businesses hate using paper to do their work. Compared to emails and SMS messages, using letters is horrendously expensive, costing some companies millions to reach all of their customers. To cut costs, most banks will send as little as possible through standard mail, using digital communication methods to get information across. This makes it hard to choose financial companies based on their merit, when you’re only using old school tools. While some will still offer paper correspondence, it is becoming rarer and rarer, and this is something which some people are struggling to adapt to.

Security & Monitoring

Thanks to the wave of recent cyber attacks which have impacted companies across the world, a lot of users feel worried about security when it comes to online banking. In reality, though, these companies are the world’s leaders when it comes to data security. They have built their online systems to be secure from the ground up, and can often provide you with greater security when you choose to use their online services. For example, if they are able to use the web to learn about your spending habits, they will be able to send you an alert if something doesn’t look right, often stopping fraud before it becomes a massive problem. However, it is also recommended to look at getting data protection officer services to ensure there is no breach of GDPR.

Ease Of Use

Filling out paper forms and using letters to keep up to date with your banking is never easy. In fact, when people choose to go down this route, they will often find that they make mistakes, with the work which they have to do being incredibly complicated. Tools like MTD software can take things which people find the hardest, like tax, and make it into a streamlined and simple process. The only way to make something like this easier it to hire someone to do it for you, and this will cost a small fortune.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to start learning how to better use technology when it comes to improving your finances. Most people have room to grow in this area, and the smallest changes can often have the largest impact, making it worth spending plenty of time on this to make sure that you’re getting it right. Once you’ve learned how to use a piece of tech, it will only get simpler.