Lessons: Introduction I & II (for Parents)

General Information

Teenvestor Definition
We define a Teenvestor as a teenager who has invested time, skill, or resources in one or more of the following activities:

  1. buying or selling stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and other financial assets;
  2. running his or her own profit-making business;
  3. starting business activities motivated by social or environmental concerns;
  4. advancing the use of his or her own inventions;
  5. engaging in charitable activities to help other people outside of his or her immediate family; or
  6. engaging in other activities to explore his or her passions.

Important Links

Federal Reserve Data on Stock Ownership
This site provides information on the percentage of people who own stocks in the United States: http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/scf/files/BulletinCharts.pdf

Historical Stock Market Returns
The link below takes you to a table created by the New York University Stern School of Business which shows returns for the Standard and Poor's 500 index. The Standard and Poor's returns is a  good approximation for market returns.  There is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet in this link: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/histretSP.html

Gallup Poll Stock Ownership Percentage
This is the link to the 2016 Gallup Poll on stock ownership: http://www.gallup.com/poll/190883/half-americans-own-stocks-matching-record-low.aspx