The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow [NOOK Book]

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Explaining the language of finance and the skill of investing, this guide gives kids an early start at making their money grow. The book explains the general concept of money and demonstrates how saving works based on the concepts of simple and compound interest. Children then learn where Wall Street is located, what stocks and bonds do, and, with the help of an adult, the right way to buy or sell a stock, mutual fund, or savings bond. Dozens of projects illustrate how to balance a checkbook, read a stock ...
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The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow

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Overview

Explaining the language of finance and the skill of investing, this guide gives kids an early start at making their money grow. The book explains the general concept of money and demonstrates how saving works based on the concepts of simple and compound interest. Children then learn where Wall Street is located, what stocks and bonds do, and, with the help of an adult, the right way to buy or sell a stock, mutual fund, or savings bond. Dozens of projects illustrate how to balance a checkbook, read a stock table, and understand common financial terms such as inflation, recession, and the Federal Reserve Board. This updated edition details the current financial environment, including what is meant by a global economy, economic clues for recovery, and a special section on what mortgages are and how they work. Updated resources for further information online are also included.

Suggests how to make your money grow, discussing savings, investing, stocks, and the economy.

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Editorial Reviews

Copley News Service
Offers valuable projects and activities for kids 9 and up to help their money grow.
Kliatt
Easy-to-follow and informative.
Teachers Friend Publication
Explains everything young people need to know to be money-savvy
Tim Schwertfeger
Using this friendly companion, young adults can make their way across the 'great divide' that separates the savers and investors from the spenders.
Publishers Weekly
A grandmother realizes her goal to give her grandchildren money and teach them the "language of business" in The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow by Katherine Bateman. Here, Bateman, a former vice president of a major investment firm, translates five years' worth of research about saving, investing, the economy and the stock market and translates it into language that "tweens" and financially challenged adults can understand. A glossary, bibliography, Web sites and phone numbers are also included. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
This is an easy-to-follow and informative look at how teens can earn, use, and attempt to increase their money. The book's strength is its short, clear, and simply stated subject divisions of what could be considered a rather daunting subject. Each chapter concludes with a helpful review of the points considered. Financial terms are explained using familiar comparisons—the Index of Leading Economic Indicators as a monthly report card, the nation's money supply to a really big allowance, consumer confidence as driving a cyclical economic wheel, and stock sectors as music CD categories like "Rock 'n Roll" or "R & B." Even the seemingly complex process of how the stock market works is made easily understood by comparisons with the way popular sport leagues work. Bateman brings a calming ease and clarity to a difficult subject, making this an excellent title to add to a library shelf. She does not entertain with cartoons, gags or funny quizzes. Instead there are activities and projects to explore, employ, and further extend what has just been learned, which are beneficial for classroom use. Sources for further information, Web sites, and addresses are included as well as an index, glossary, and author's biography that establishes Bateman's credentials to teach this subject. Recommended for middle school and high school levels, for both classroom application and library acquisition. Category: Education & Guidance. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, Chicago Review Press, dist. by Independent Publishers, 124p. illus. tables. index.,
— Linda Piwowarczyk; Bolingbrook, IL
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Starting with homey stories and personal examples, Bateman demonstrates how to learn about investments from everyday experiences. Using current examples such as CD boom boxes but without fancy graphics, she explains the "money circle," an excellent way to characterize the circulation of wealth; mentions bank accounts; and then provides a concise summary of savings vehicles, including an account of the "magic" of compound interest, illustrated by a table and a story of a successful young investor. As Bateman covers broader and deeper topics such as risk-tolerance, stock reports, and macroeconomics, she follows the same pattern in each chapter. Constantly referring to points made earlier, the author provides plenty of opportunity for review and concludes each chapter with another account of the young investor's story-he ends up with his own land and hopes for a house on it. She advises readers to stick with investments they can easily evaluate themselves. Most of the Web sites recommended are authoritative and helpful, just like the text. However, the shelves are getting pretty crowded. Janet Bamford's Street Wise: A Guide for Teen Investors (Bloomberg, 2000), Jay Liebowitz's Wall Street Wizard: Sound Ideas from a Savvy Teen Investor (S & S, 2000), Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig's Growing Money (Price Stern Sloan, 1999; o.p.), and Neale S. Godfrey's Ultimate Kids' Money Book (S & S, 1998) all cover much of the same ground. Less sophisticated in its writing, this one may appeal more to those who appreciate plain-spoken language.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Copley News Service
Offers valuable projects and activities for kids 9 and up to help their money grow.
From the Publisher
"This book will appeal to anyone looking for a basic manual of investment strategies and terms." —Booklist

"Offers valuable projects and activities for kids 9 and up to help their money grow.” —Copley News Service

"Provides the tools needed for today's investors, young or not so young, to navigate the path to successful savings for a first car, house, and comfortable retirement."  —Ronald E. Toupin, Jr., Independent Chair, Claymore Funds

"Easy-to-follow and informative."  —Kliatt

Children's Literature - Shari Shaw
Anything a young person could want to know about how money, investment, and economics work can be found in the pages of this concise handbook. The author's stated purpose is to make an accessible compendium of all of the knowledge she has wanted her grandchildren to know about finance, and in this she has succeeded brilliantly. She introduces a man she admires greatly—Billy Ray Fawns—and she chronicles his financial journey from youth to adulthood, breaking up the timeline neatly to coincide with chapter topics. In clear language, with excellent explanations of important concepts and analogies young people will understand, Bateman begins by tackling everything from the history of money and how it is made today to credit and debit cards and managing a checkbook. She carefully takes the reader through making a plan for saving and growing money. Investment is described clearly in terms of personality type; how much risk is the investor willing to take to make money? After an authoritative discussion of the types of bonds and mutual funds available and the "risk tolerance" required for each to be attractive to an individual, the reader is ready to learn about Wall Street—which has an amazingly interesting history dating from the time of the English settlers in 1792 who met under a buttonwood tree near a fortress wall in Manhattan to trade stock shares. The explanation of stocks and stock exchanges is careful and practical and the overview of micro-and macroeconomics pulls the whole picture together. This is a solid work. Diagrams and sidebars add information and the project suggestions are truly empowering. A nice glossary is appended and websites are sprinkled liberally throughout the text to propel the reader further into inquiry. This book will not leap off the shelf and will require booktalking to both students and teachers, but it is well worth the effort. It ties into curriculum strands from upper elementary through high school and adults will find it to be a lifesaver. Reviewer: Shari Shaw
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613740545
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 866,022
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine R. Bateman was the vice president and senior research analyst at John Nuveen & Co., a major investment firm in Chicago. She is the author of Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty.

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