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Financial Tip

When you invest for the future, it's important to start early so you can keep time on your side. To achieve your goals, consider the following steps:

  • Start investing as early as you can.
  • Add to your investments as regularly as possible.
  • Monitor your portfolio over time to see if you need to make any changes.
  • Keep a long-term perspective as you invest toward your goals.

Don't be discouraged if you haven't already started investing for your long-term goals. Simply start as soon as you can - it's never too late to plan for the future.

As you watch your investment, it's probably best to ignore day-to-day market fluctuations and stick to your investment plan. Instead, focus on accumulating the assets you need farther down the road. Money earmarked for longer-term goals should not be disturbed solely because of short-term market fluctuations.

Introducing the MoneyClips eNews Center

New Resource Available for High School Journalism Students

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation recently highlighted the need for enhanced financial literacy in its State-by-State Financial Capability Survey, released in 2010. The survey found that on average, Missourians answered 3.1 out of five financial literacy questions correctly. Kansans answered three out of the five questions correctly. Financial education is key to increasing these scores.

To help young adults get on the path to financial independence, Yes, You Can - financial education from American Century Investments, recently launched the MoneyClips eNews Center. MoneyClips provides students with news releases they can use as a guide for crafting their own stories to be broadcast, published or otherwise shared with their classmates.

MoneyClips offers real-world, hands-on journalism experience combined with financial knowledge for articles and broadcasts that share relevant information students can use today and tomorrow as they begin their adult lives. Each release comes with interviewer tips and sample questions. Monthly emails direct students to a timely featured topic or, students can choose an article from the archived releases. Topics cover earning, saving, investing and spending.

"In this age of social networking, young adults are increasingly influenced by the recommendations of their peers," said Scott Oberkrom, Director of Community Investments for American Century Investments and head of Yes, You Can. "MoneyClips gives students the opportunity to gain journalism experience through the use of real-world news releases, and in the process share with their classmates important financial lessons. We're proud to offer MoneyClips as a compliment to the educator and parent resources available through Yes, You Can."

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