- Introduction to the Markets
- Why Invest?
- How the Markets Work
- The Role of the SEC
- Roadmap to Saving and Investing
- Investing Basics
- Researching & Managing Investments
- Life Events
Roadmap to Saving and Investing
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Small Savings Add Up to Big Money
How much does a daily candy bar cost? Would you believe $465.84? Or more?
If you buy a candy bar every day for $1, it adds up to $365 a year. If you saved that $365 and put it into an investment that earns 5% a year, it would grow to $465.84 by the end of five years, and by the end of 30 years, to $1,577.50. That’s the power of “compounding.”
With compound interest, you earn interest on the money you save and on the interest that money earns. Over time, even a small amount saved can add up to big money.
If you buy on impulse, make a rule that you’ll always wait 24 hours before buying anything. You may lose your desire to buy it after a day. Also, try emptying your pockets at the end of each day and putting spare change aside. You’ll be surprised how quickly those nickels and dimes add up.