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Kids: Write an essay, win some stock

Attention all fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders - answer the following question with style, and you may find yourself the new owner of $5,000 in mutual-fund shares: "How do you think the Internet has changed the way people save and invest?"

The deadline for the 5th Annual Young Investor Essay Contest, run by Boston-based mutual-fund firm Stein Roe & Farnham, is Dec. 31. A total of $25,500 worth of Stein Roe Young Investor Fund or Liberty Young Investor Fund shares will be awarded to essay winners. To request an entry form, call 800-403-KIDS or visit

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