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Learn as much as you can about investing and mutual funds while in high school and college. There are many books on the topic, which can provide a good introduction. Some examples include: Mutual Funds For Dummies (For Dummies, 2016), and Stock Market Investing for Beginners: Essentials to Start Investing Successfully (Tycho Press, 2013). Another good resource is Mutual Funds and ETFS: A Guide for Investors ( from the Securities & Exchange Commission. It explains how mutual funds work, provides an overview of the different types of funds, and offers a glossary of commonly used industry terms. Participate in investment competitions during high school and college to develop your stock-picking skills. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania offers the Knowledge@Wharton High School Investment Competition (, a free, global, online investment simulation for students, ages 14–18, and teachers. According to the Wharton Web site, “students learn about teamwork, communication, risk, diversification, company analysis, industry analysis, and investing.” 

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