By Donna Hill
Fort Bend Star correspondent
After Andrew Brierty started his blog about finance, he thought he could write a book about finance.
He’d write about what most successful authors before him had always done. Write what you know they said. So he did. What they didn’t know was that Brierty is only 15 years old.
“Step Into Wall St. – Grow Your Wealth Young” is the first book published by the Fort Bend Sugar Land Christian Academy sophomore. Brierty likes the phrase “personal finance.” He already had a share of Nike stock, and was hooked on investing and trading. He read about hedge funds and investments. But he also knew he could write not only about the world of finance, but also explain to a young demographic how easy it is to understand finance. To share his ideas and inspire teens and millennials around the world to get started in investing and saving.
“Saving is essential. There’s a real benefit in starting to save money when you are young” said Brierty. “The younger you start, the better it is for you. It’s not complicated – anyone can learn how to save and invest. And you don’t need a lot of money to start. It’s very true that time is money’s best friend.”
A short read, the book took three months to write. Brierty started writing his blog “Wallstreet For Teens – Bringing the Financial World To Millennials” a few months ago. Blog topics such as “Stock Markets and Our Economy” and “Your Typical College Grad Has Less Than $1,000 Saved” inspired him to write a book.
“Publishing was fairly easy but editing took some time,” he said.
Born in Houston, Brierty has also lived in Singapore, Angola, London and Venezuela. His parents, Nelly and Bob, said he was always an inquisitive young man, and believe his interest in finance came from his experiences living in five continents and watching how global economies work.
Brierty plays for the school basketball and track teams, when he’s not researching stocks and investment opportunities. His goal is to attend college on the East Coast, perhaps Boston College, alma mater of stock investor Peter Lynch. Brierty plans to work in research, and run his own hedge fund.
For more information on Brierty’s book and website, go to www.wallstreetforteens.com. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and through the Kindle app.