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Topic # 115223 18-Mar-2013 15:20
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any banking gurus out there?

Wanting to open an account for god-daughter, I will put all the money in now, and then have the account locked until she turns 18. (it would be in her name though)

What are these types of accounts called and who would have the best interest rate? all the websites say the max is 5 years for a term investment account. So I need 17 years basically.

My grandad did it for me, so I know its possible :)

thanks.

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  Reply # 783524 18-Mar-2013 16:04
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Banking products offered in the past are not necessarily available now, 

Thing that have disappeared include

Passbook accounts, photo id credit cards and banks that will sell travellers cheques

Are you planing to add money to this on a regular basis, or do you just want to invest a simple lump sum?




 

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  Reply # 783531 18-Mar-2013 16:27
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I've opened one for my son with Rabodirect which seems to have generally the best interest rates.
Not locked though. It is in his name but needs an adult signatory and associated documentation (I had my own account with them already).
If you can't find the locking feature, I would say just open one in their name at your same savings bank and educate them on money and tell them they aren't allowed it till their 18.
The other option if you really need to lock it down would be a trust I guess, which I don't know a lot about.

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  Reply # 783554 18-Mar-2013 18:13
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Not offering investment advise as that would be illegal (only registered people can do such a thing).

Talk to your personal banker about the options.

How about setting up a kiwisaver account?
Assuming the rules don't change (which of course they will) she may be able to get the money out to buy her first home instead of waste it all on alcohol, drugs and parties when she turns 18.




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  Reply # 783560 18-Mar-2013 18:24
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These type of accounts are available I have one for my daughter. To expand a little on what mentalinc says, talk to various banks and don't rule out Credit Unions.

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  Reply # 783586 18-Mar-2013 19:07
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You can have the terms set to automatically roll over. You can also negotiate deals/conditions with your bank (according to a bank manager I just asked anyway).
So. Talk to your bank. High chance they can help you.




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  Reply # 783603 18-Mar-2013 19:31
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Thanks for the info yes I think ill visit my bank and see what they have to offer

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  Reply # 783675 18-Mar-2013 22:29
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mentalinc: Not offering investment advise as that would be illegal (only registered people can do such a thing). .

yea? I have almost had it with all these technicalities and cover your .. nany sate mentality. Why does self responsibility not come into the vocabulary of parliament. Not getting at the op in anyway I have no problem in people asking for advise, but if someone takes financial advise from a computing or any other forum surely that is their choice. Therefore if the advise causes them trouble that is their problem. 

Anyway, personally, if it was me. I would take out the term deposit in my own name and transfer it to them when they are 18. I am not sure I would even tell them about it until the time was right, but maybe that is just me. I would be inclined to invest it with one of the main well known companies rather than the rarely heard of ones offering higher interest rates. Not saying they are all bad it's a safety measure. 

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  Reply # 783850 19-Mar-2013 11:47
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Buy them a pile of Bonus Bonds.

I still have some UK Premium Bonds given to me way way back when I were a lad...sometimes I get a few bob appear which is a nice surprise.

10 Shares in Apple might not be bad - imagine where they might be in 18 years time!





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  Reply # 783852 19-Mar-2013 11:54
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Perhaps what you need to do is set up a trust and associated bank account. God-Daughter would be the beneficiary but trust deed could spell out terms of withdrawal. That way, even if something happened to you, your intentions for the money could stay intact.




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  Reply # 783980 19-Mar-2013 16:17
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ajobbins: Perhaps what you need to do is set up a trust and associated bank account. God-Daughter would be the beneficiary but trust deed could spell out terms of withdrawal. That way, even if something happened to you, your intentions for the money could stay intact.


I did look into that, however they say the costs and complexity are quite high of doing so, well higher than just giving it to a bank to look after.

I love the bonus bonds idea though. Will definitely look into that one.

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