Best Gift for the Grandkids?

by | Aug. 09, 2010

Finances

Dear Dave,

What's the best financial gift for young grandchildren?

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

Well, it's definitely not savings bonds. You get nothing in the way of a return from those things. I get mad just looking at them! I'd suggest opening up an Educational Savings Account (ESA) in a mutual fund in the child's name. You can put up to $2,000 a year, per child, into these, and they grow tax-free.

If you started when your grandchild was born, and set aside $2,000 a year for 18 years, you'd have saved $36,000. But if you go the ESA route, and figure 12 percent average growth over that time, the kid could have about $126,000 waiting when it comes time for college. That's a pretty sweet gift!

-Dave

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