Young investor from city talks money to students
"I was invited to give my perspective (at U of C) because I’m only 24 years old and it wasn’t too long ago I was sitting where they (students) are sitting."
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A local 24-year-old investment speaker and author wants to share her knowledge and experiences with other young people so they can secure their financial future.
Lesley Scorgie appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001 to share her insights on how to become rich by 30 — and did the same at the University of Calgary last week.
“I was invited to give my perspective because I’m only 24 years old and it wasn’t too long ago I was sitting where they are sitting. We talked about debt reduction specific to students,” Scorgie told Metro.
Scorgie began learning about financial literacy at the age of 10 when she made her first investment. Since then her expertise and financial portfolio has grown immensely.
“My book Rich By Thirty is really aimed at anyone up until about the age of thirty but not limited to those under thirty. It talks about the fundamentals and they never change with age.”
Scorgie has some tips for people looking to brush up on their investment skills — some as simple as start investing young.
“People in the age group of your readers (18-35-years-old) still have a lot of time left on their side, and time is the most important tool. The best time to start investing is now,” she said.
Scorgie said it only takes about a half hour to set up an investment and if anyone has been thinking about investing now is the time. “Do not wait. It’s easy and it’s the best thing you can do,” she said.