Do less and have more for retirement? Is there a typo mistake here? Fret not, read on!
A simple question for all: Do the ‘golden years’ of comfortable retirement occur by itself without any intervention or does it take wise planning to do so? If your answer is the former, please sell me this magic formula. If your answer is the latter, then check out the example below.
John and Henry are 2 twin brothers. Let’s assume both want to save for retirement 30 years later with $1,000 a month earning 5% per annum. The difference is John started first and saved for the first 10 years and thereafter stopped putting in new money and just let the invested money grow at 5% per annum till year 30. Henry, on the other hand, having procrastinated the investment for the first 10 years, citing excuses and reasons for ‘other commitments’, started his monthly investment at year 11 and continued for the next 20 years till his retirement at year 30. In short, John saved and invested only for the first 10 years, his total capital $120,000, whereas Henry commenced on year 11 and invested for 20 years, his total capital $240,000. Who do you think has a bigger absolute pool of retirement funds at the end (year 30)?
The answer: John! (Surprise, surprise..) Even though John put in $120,000 lesser in total investment and contributed for 20 years lesser! (Omg! How can this even be possible?) John has done ‘lesser’, yet gathered ‘more’ for his retirement!
What can we learn from this simple story?
1) The reason why John, the early saver, has more at the end lies in the concept of compounding interest, sometimes known as the 8th wonder of the world in the finance industry. Harness the power of compounding interest by starting your investments early, however small the amount may be. Start small, start comfortable, start EARLY. You can top it up as you get your pay increments and when your financial situation betters.
2) Quit kidding yourself that you can save more as you grow older. Ask anyone in their late 30s or 40s about their financial commitments as compared to their younger days. I am sure that almost all will say that their financial commitments have gone up as they are at the ‘sandwiched’ age, saddled with the responsibilities to look after their children, spouse and their parents. To start a disciplined investment plan then will be tougher than if you had already started 10 years ago and let the invested money grow now.
Would you rather be John or Henry? Do you want to tough it out for 10 years or slog over 20 years? The choice is yours my friend.
Insure yourself, protect others.
Disclaimer: All information, commentary and statements of opinion contained in this publication are for general information purposes only. They are not intended to be personalized financial or investment advice as they do not take into account your individual circumstances. You are advised to speak to a qualified financial consultant before making any financial decision. This publication should also not be construed as an offer or solicitation to purchase or sell any insurance or non-insurance products including any that may be mentioned here. Whilst we have taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that the material contained in this publication is accurate and informative, InsuranceGuru.com.sg and the author of this article do not warrant or guarantee its accuracy, reliability or completeness. InsuranceGuru.com.sg, its employees, parent, related companies, agents and the author of this article will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or any other type of loss or injury resulting from your use of this content.
Copyright © 2021 InsuranceGuru.com.sg All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, transmitted in any form of by any means without InsuranceGuru.com.sg’s prior written consent.
If you are seeing this article sent through your email from InsuranceGuru.com.sg, it is because you had subscribed for it at some point in the past. If you do not wish to receive such emails in the future, you can unsubscribe by clicking here
to submit your request. Thank you.