Even small amounts tucked away regularly can build up a substantial nest egg, although inflation will reduce the spending power of that money over the long term. Assuming a growth rate of 5% a year, after charges, the table below shows how much a monthly investment could be worth in future. All investments can fall as well as rise, so your child could get back less than you invest.
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|Time period||£50 per month||£100 per month||£300 per month|
Whichever account you choose, you can be confident it will be easy to manage, there will be a wide investment choice and it will be great value for money. See how our three accounts for children compare. Tax rules can change and benefits depend on individual circumstances.
|Junior Stocks & Shares ISA||Junior SIPP||Junior Investment Account|
|Eligibility||Any child resident in the UK – if they have a Child Trust Fund this will need to be transferred to open the account||Any child resident in the UK||Any child resident in the UK|
|Investment limits||£4,080 a year (2016/2017)||£3,600 gross a year (£2,880 net) (2016/17)||Unlimited|
|Withdrawals||At age 18 (except in the case of terminal illness or death)||At retirement - usually from age 55 (rising to 57 from 2028 but likely to rise further)||At any time, although the money must only be used for the benefit of the child|
|Account holder||The account belongs to the child but a parent or legal guardian must act as registered contact up to age 18||The account belongs to the child but a parent or legal guardian must act as registered contact up to age 18||The account belongs to a ‘trustee’, usually a parent or grandparent. At age 18 the child becomes entitled to any assets in the account|
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