Compounding is the most powerful tool in long-term investing and Albert Einstein once referred to compound interest as the “eighth wonder of the world” given its ability to exponentially increase the value of investments over long periods of time.
COMPOUNDING • RETIREMENT PLANNING • EIGHT WONDER OF WORLD
What is compounding?
Compounding is the most powerful tool in long-term investing. In simplest terms it is when an investor reinvests the returns they earn from their initial investment with the reinvested earnings generating additional returns over time. It allows investors to grow their money faster than if they only earned return from their initial investment. Albert Einstein once referred to compound interest as the “eighth wonder of the world,” and for good reason. Through compounding returns, the power of an investor’s initial investments can increase exponentially over time, leading to much higher values than what would be possible without compounding.
Compounding returns for retirement
Compounding returns is key to retirement planning. For example, if you invested $10,000 today at an 8% compound interest rate over 10 years, you would have $21,589 at the end of the term! See the math below:
Year 1: $10,000 x 1.08 = $10,800
Year 2: $10,800 x 1.08 = $11,664
Year 3: $11,664 x 1.08 = $12,597
Year 4: $12,597 x 1.08 = $13,605
Year 5: $13,605 x 1.08 = $14,693
Year 6: $14,693 x 1.08 = $15,869
Year 7: $15,869 x 1.08 = $17,138
Year 8: $17,138 x 1.08 = $18,509
Year 9: $18,509 x 1.08 = $19,990
Year 10: $19,990 x 1.08 = $21,589
The effects of compound returns become even more dramatic over time as compound interest continues to compound on itself. To illustrate this point, if you take that same $10,000 investment and compound it for 20 years instead of 10 at the same 8% growth rate, the result would be $46,610! Over 30 years, $100,627! Over 40 years $217,245!
The power of compound returns is truly remarkable, and it’s important to take advantage of this powerful financial tool in order to maximize your savings and investments. With compound returns, you can generate substantial wealth with relatively small amounts of capital over a long period of time. But the key is starting now by investing in assets such as stocks, bonds, and private market investments that generate returns over a long period of time to reach your financial goals. See the chart below that shows the long-term benefits of saving and investing early and often
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