Compounding rewards you for starting to save now rather than later

The sooner you start saving and investing for retirement or any other goal, the more time you’ll have to take advantage of compounding. And compounding is simply too good to put off.
Compounding happens when earnings on your savings get reinvested to generate their own earnings, which also get reinvested to create more earnings, and so on. Over time, compounding can add a lot of fuel to the growth of your savings.
Getting an early start on savings can pay off in a big way. Let’s look at Kate and Andy, both saving and investing for retirement. Each saves $30,000 over 20 years — $1,000 annually for the first 10 years and $2,000 annually for the second 10 years, with contributions made at year-end. Each achieves a hypothetical 6% annual investment return. Kate starts saving at age 25 and stops at 44. Andy starts at 45 and stops at 64. Look at how much Kate and Andy have in their respective retirement nest eggs by age 65:
 
Although Kate and Andy both save the same total amount and earn a 6% return on their savings, Kate ends up with over $110,000 more in retirement savings than Andy. Why? Because her money enjoys up to 40 years of growth from compounding, compared to up to 20 years for Andy’s money. Since Andy starts saving later, he would need to save more than three times as much money as Kate to end up with the same size nest egg as her at age 65.
Scenario
Kate starts saving at 25, stops at 44
Total Amount Saved
$30,000
Retirement Savings at Age 65
$160,300
Scenario
Andy starts saving at 45, stops at 64
Total Amount Saved
$30,000
Retirement Savings at Age 65
$49,970
 
To avoid missing out on the impressive power of compounding, start saving and investing now for your goals.
This material is for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as a recommendation or an offer to buy or sell any product or service to which this information may relate. Certain products and services may not be available to all entities or persons. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
 
This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or investment advice in connection with a distribution, transfer or rollover, a purchase or sale of securities or other investment property, or the management of securities or other investments, including the development of an investment strategy or retention of an investment manager or advisor. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made in consultation with an investor’s personal advisor based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.
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