The Roth IRA Movement may be almost two weeks old, but that’s not going to stop you from promoting it to potential new investors.
The following email was sent to me by a loyal reader who was so excited about the Roth IRA movement that he shared his own success story.
This story is unique though in that it didn’t involve just him; it involved his two daughters.
This is a great read for any parent who wants to show their kids the power of tax-free money.
Here’s the story…
Jeff: A number of years ago I took a unique approach to a Roth IRA using it as an inducement to have my children get summer jobs while in high school. When they were 15 they began to learn about the benefits of a Roth IRA and certainly knew what one was.
Pretty good right?
I offered to match their (relatively small part-time summer job) earnings dollar for dollar. They kept their earnings and I matched their earnings in a Roth IRA.
They opened a Roth IRA with my contribution (equal to their earnings, so as to be in compliance with the law we rounded down to the lower $100) and initially invested the contributions in a mutual fund where the contributions in their first years were under $1,000,
I continued to provide a match each year through high school (where they never were earning enough to max out the contributions) they were watching what was going on and becoming on the lookout for businesses they thought might be good investments.
Living in the real world, they became aware of companies that I was not familiar with and while averse to the risk they found a few winners that would have been great investments but were missed due to the aversion to risk…but those were good lessons too.
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Since graduating from high school and all through their college years we continued the process of “Dad’s match” and they happily watched their conservative investments grow.
They have learned that “time” is a friend when investing and the benefit of investing early (hard to teach a child about retirement before they have graduated from high school) but I accepted that challenge and it was a profitable lesson for them…that “risk” is something that needs to be carefully evaluated.
My two daughters are now out of college and since graduation, I have continued to offer this “match” which is now obviously maxing out their contributions each year.
At 28 and 30 my daughters are now selecting individual stocks and making good investing decisions.
They moved some of their Roth IRA funds to cash in and moved some of them back into the market learning that a $.02 interest rate is only good for so long and that got those funds back into the market.
They have learned a lot about investing over the last 15 and 13 years respectively and have Roth IRA balances in excess of $50,000 +.
They are appreciative of my “match” which is more than a father’s love, it is a lesson in investing that “pays dividends”.
I have told a lot of people what I have been doing and have found no one else that has done this.
As they grew older they became more willing to accept risk and reward and have learned what their risk tolerance is…which is now one that now has a long-range focus and they have a great “head start”.
I have enjoyed receiving your emails over the years and while you are not local to me, I feel like I know you from your emails.
You should share these SUCCESS STORIES with your clients and readers.
By the way, I have a Roth 401(k) that I have been funding to the max for several years since it became an investment option at my work approximately 4 years ago.
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I will pass this along to my daughters so they too can sign up for your email newsletters. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Do you have a Roth IRA success story? If so, please share in the comments below.
Roth IRA Success Story – How to Get $50,000 Tax-Free Money for Your Kids
The Roth IRA movement continues to inspire investors, even after two weeks. The message remains clear: if you haven’t started a Roth IRA, now is the time.
This article shares a heartwarming success story of a parent who creatively encouraged their children to embrace Roth IRAs from a young age. By matching their summer job earnings, they instilled the importance of early investing and risk evaluation.
The daughters, now in their late 20s and 30s, have amassed impressive Roth IRA balances, exceeding $50,000 each. It’s a testament to the power of parental guidance and financial education.
This story exemplifies how Roth IRAs can pave the way for a secure financial future and instill valuable life lessons in the process.