Why You Should Teach Your Kids Investing

Putting money in the stock market is one of the best ways to build wealth in America. That's why it is so important for parents to teach their kids investing.

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When you send your child off to school, they're exposed to a wide, wonderful spectrum of knowledge: the arts, sciences, history, language … and if they're lucky, matball. A fortunate number might also learn a thing or two about investing as part of a personal finance course. But the odds are still heavily against it – and it's up to parents to help bridge this key knowledge gap and teach their kids about investing.

Investing marked "absent" from most schools

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for Kiplinger.com, and the Managing Editor for InvestorPlace.com before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.