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GameStop boosts teen interest in investing - survey

While traders were flocking to GameStop earlier this year, the stock was also capturing the imagination of U.S. teenagers, according to a survey from Wells Fargo.

GameStop boosts teen interest in investing - survey

FILE PHOTO: U.S. one dollar banknotes are seen in front of displayed GameStop logo in this illustration taken February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

REUTERS: While traders were flocking to GameStop earlier this year, the stock was also capturing the imagination of U.S. teenagers, according to a survey from Wells Fargo.

A third of teens say they are learning financial lessons from the internet and social media, according to the survey of 13 to 17 year olds and parents of teenagers.

And almost half of the teens say they are more interested in investing thanks to GameStop, whose shares have surged due to its popularity among members of online investor forums.

The survey follows Fidelity Investments' launch earlier this month of a commission-free brokerage account for 13- to 17-year-olds that allows stock trading on a mobile app, as it looks to attract the next generation of investors.

The survey of 318 teens and 304 parents of teens conducted between April 20 and May 3, found that while 57per cent of teens say they are learning about finances from their parents and 47per cent say they are learning from school, 35per cent cite social media and 34per cent cite websites.

But parents had a different take with only 12per cent saying their teens use social media for financial education.

About 45per cent of teens said "the GameStop social media situation" boosted their interest in investing with 53per cent of boys claiming increased interest and 40per cent of teen girls, according to Wells Fargo.

As for cryptocurrency, 50per cent of parents say their teen knows more about bitcoin than them. However, while 58per cent of teen boys say they know more about bitcoin than their parents, only 33per cent of teen girls claimed to be more knowledgeable.

Still actual investing rates seemed much smaller with 17per cent of parents saying they opened custodial accounts to invest on their teen’s behalf.

About 13per cent encouraged their teen to play a simulated stock game. About 7per cent gave their teen stocks for educational purposes. However, only 20per cent of teens say their parents engaged with them on these activities, Wells said.

(Reporting by Sinéad Carew; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Source: Reuters

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