Features of Children's Savings Accounts

3 Simple Ways to Save for Your Child’s College Education

1. REGULAR SAVER ACCOUNT

Most of the deposit takers offer these type of saving accounts. You are not allowed to lodge lump sums into them, just a regular monthly lodgement between €100 and €1,000 per month for up to 12 months.

You may withdraw at any time without penalty. Best providers currently are EBS at 3% and KBC Bank who offer 2.5% but you have to open an “extra current account” with them to qualify for the 2% bonus – it is only 0.5% otherwise.

2. GOLD SAVER ACCOUNT

GoldSaver is a regular savings account, but instead of saving in euro, pounds or dollars the account facilitates saving in the form of real gold – bullion. Account holders can buy gold online on a monthly basis with a minimum monthly purchase from as little as €100, paid conveniently by direct debit.

Account holders can also make additional lump sum deposits at any time. Considering the delicate state of the global economy, gold could prove to be a real winner in 18 years’ time when your child goes to college.

3. STOCK MARKET REGULAR SAVER

Now in the 9th year of the 2nd longest Bull (rising) market of all time (longest was 1987 to 2000, spoiled by the dot.com bubble burst…) the stock market has proved time and time again to be the best return of any asset class over any period of time.

As Warren Buffett once famously said: “the stock market is a mechanism for transferring wealth from the impatient to the patient”… one such way to enter the stock market is though managed funds.

One insurance company, Zurich, offer a regular monthly saving plan with their 5 Prisma funds, ranging from  cautious – government bonds, cash funds to high risk – emerging markets, technology and energy stocks, BRIC countries etc where you determine the percentage to invest in each fund.

You can swap these funds at any time from risk to cautious and vice versa. The real benefit is the fact the minimum monthly investment in their investment called LifeSave Special Savings Plus is only €75 – the maximum if you can afford it is € 2,500 per month.

Zurich insurance is one of the best-capitalised companies and has an excellent performance record coupled with minimal costs.

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