“Compounding interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” Albert Einstein
When should you start investing? Yesterday is one of the best answers we can think of. As Einstein stated in his quote, compounding interest can be extremely powerful for investors over time. Compounding interest essentially means “interest on interest,” and it’s why so many long-term investors have been successful.
“Yes, investing can be volatile, and periods like December 2018 can make it quite tough, but if you are saving for retirement and have potentially decades to go until retirement, one of the best things you can do during periods of market stress is nothing,” explained Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “By ‘nothing’ we mean you should stick to your financial plan.”
By dollar-cost averaging into a retirement plan through the ups and downs of markets and over a period of years and decades, your nest egg has significant growth potential thanks to—among other reasons—compound interest effect on the earnings.
Here’s a powerful example. Our LPL Chart of the day shows two hypothetical investments, both assuming an annual return of 8%. In the first scenario, an investor puts away $3,000 a year from the age of 21 until age 30, then stops. The second scenario assumes an investor starts to invest $3,000 a year from the age of 31 until age 70. Incredibly, the investor who invested only 10 years, but started 10 years earlier, has more money at age 70 (over $1 million!) than the investor who put money away for 40 years—simply because the investor started earlier and let compounding interest work its magic.
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