Saving for your children’s future is an important responsibility that many parents take seriously. Whether you want to help your children pay for college, buy their first home, help them to start a business or provide for their retirement, there are many different savings options available that can help you achieve your goals. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the most popular ways to save and invest for your children’s future.
One of the most popular ways to save for your children is through a savings account. Most banks and building societies offer children’s savings accounts that pay interest on the balance. These accounts can be a good option if you want to save money in a low-risk, accessible way. However, the interest rates on these accounts are often lower than other savings and investment options, so you may want to consider other options if you’re looking for higher returns.
Junior ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) are a tax-efficient way to save for your child’s future. Like adult ISAs, Junior ISAs allow you to save up to a certain amount each year (currently £9,000) without paying tax on the interest or investment gains. The money in a Junior ISA is locked away until your child turns 18, at which point they can either withdraw the money or transfer it to an adult ISA.
There are two types of Junior ISA: cash Junior ISAs and stocks and shares Junior ISAs. Cash Junior ISAs work in the same way as regular savings accounts, while stocks and shares Junior ISAs allow you to invest in a range of different funds and assets, potentially earning higher returns but also with more risk.
Child Trust Funds
Child Trust Funds (CTFs) were a popular savings option for children born between 2002 and 2011, before being replaced by Junior ISAs. If your child has a CTF, they can still access the money when they turn 18. CTFs were similar to Junior ISAs, with a tax-free savings limit of £9,000 per year, but the money in a CTF was invested by the government rather than by the parent or guardian.
While it may seem early to start thinking about your child’s retirement, starting a pension for them early can be a smart financial move. The earlier you start saving for your child’s pension, the longer their money has to grow and potentially earn higher returns. The UK government provides a state pension, but many people find that it’s not enough to provide for a comfortable retirement, so it’s worth considering additional pension options.
One option is a Junior Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), which is a tax-efficient pension plan that can be opened in your child’s name. Like adult SIPPs, Junior SIPPs allow you to invest in a wide range of assets, potentially earning higher returns. Contributions to a Junior SIPP are also tax-deductible, up to a certain amount each year.
Saving and investing for your children’s future can seem overwhelming, but there are many different options available that can help you achieve your goals. It’s important to consider your child’s age, risk tolerance, financial needs and the control you want yourself and them to have when choosing a savings or pension option. It’s also worth seeking the advice of a financial adviser to help you make the most of your savings and investments.