The Children's Mutual

The Children's Mutual

April 30, 2008 04:00 ET

The Children's Mutual: Give Credit to Your Teenagers-It's Likely They'll Turn It Down

Pounds Sterling 2.4 billion Trust Fund Generation to save the cash

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - A report for The Children's Mutual (http://www.thechildrensmutual.co.uk) suggests that Britain's teenagers are far more responsible with money than parents think. While many parents say their offspring would blow a lump sum on turning 18, the youngsters are actually more likely to save than to spend, spend, spend.

According to research released today by The Children's Mutual to coincide with the third anniversary of the Child Trust Fund (CTF), youngsters given Pounds Sterling 20,000(1) at 18 are most likely to save it (57 per cent), with spending on education or putting it towards their first house their second and third choices.

In The Trust Fund Generation report, the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) asked parents to predict what their children would do with the cash lump sum. They said their children would waste it on material goods (42 per cent) and splash the cash 'just having fun' (19 per cent).

David White, Chief Executive of The Children's Mutual, said: "The Child Trust Fund was launched to give every youngster in the UK a financial springboard into adulthood and to change the nation's savings habits.

"You've got to give credit to our teenagers! Their parents were brought up in an environment that was all about borrowing and spending but this generation of young people has realised that saving now and spending later is a better approach. With the papers full of the credit crunch there has never been a more appropriate moment to talk about this.

"We think this is good news for parents. They can save into Child Trust Funds with the knowledge that the money is going to make a real difference. The Child Trust Fund was introduced to help give young people choice and if today's teens are anything to go by, it could revolutionise the UK's saving culture. Tomorrow's 18-year-olds will also benefit from the financial education that goes hand-in-hand with growing up owning a Child Trust Fund account, altogether delivering a very promising future indeed."

About The Children's Mutual

The Children's Mutual is the choice of 1 in 5 parents for their child's Child Trust Fund (CTF) account and named the UK's Best CTF Provider 2006 and 2007.

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