Stock Picks for Kids: What Our Community Thinks

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Talking about stocks with kids may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be difficult. A few months ago, Fool analyst Jason Moser started talking about investing with his two young daughters. Together, they decided to buy shares of Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX  ) . Now Jason is looking for new stock ideas for his daughters. Here's what our Twitter community suggested:

Stocks that our Twitter community suggested include Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) , Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) , Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) , and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) .

If you're interested in talking stocks with your kids, here are a few tips.

Find the stocks that they're excited about
If you're building a portfolio with a young Fool, don't focus on the stocks that you're interested in. Find the companies your kid wants to talk about -- it might be the latest Pixar movie, a favorite restaurant, or a new toy that gets his or her attention. Although this will vary with age, these stocks should be easy-to-understand, consumer-facing businesses. Keep it simple!

Invest to become business owners
In order to keep young investors interested in your shared stock portfolio, reinforce the idea that they're buying pieces of the business. In Jason's case, every time his family stops by a Starbucks, his daughters are excited to visit and talk about the company they now partially own.

Be consistent
Don't buy a few shares of a company and move on. Encourage frequent dialogue with your child about the company. Talk about new product launches or major events. And keep looking for new investments together, similar to how you would make regular contributions to your personal portfolio.

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Katrina owns shares of Apple and Starbucks, while Jason owns shares of Amazon.com and Starbucks. You can follow them on Twitter @KatrinaChan and @TMFJMo, respectively.

The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com, Apple, Disney, Starbucks, and Google. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Amazon.com, Walt Disney, Starbucks, Apple, and Google, as well as creating a bull call spread position in Apple and writing covered calls on Starbucks. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.


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  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2012, at 10:37 AM, PJO285 wrote:

    What about Coca-Cola (KO)??? My dad bought shares of KO for me 10 years ago and they are up approximately 55%! This company is still going to be around 30 years from now, they have the most recognized brand in the world, and they have increased their dividend for the past 50 years.

    I couldn't agree more with your point about teaching kids about investing and owning part of the company. I remembered thinking that was the coolest thing when I was kid...and still do!

  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2012, at 1:34 PM, StopPrintinMoney wrote:

    Any stock from Dow 30

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