Posts Tagged With: time value of money

Why Should I Invest?

“Simply put, you want to invest in order to create wealth.  It’s relatively painless, and the rewards are plentiful. “

This article from The Motley Fool website explains why investing is a smart idea.  The article begins with information about the importance of goals.  Then asks the question, “What are you saving for?”.  The article also explains the power of compounding and provides specific examples to illustrate how time, rate of return, and age can make a tremendous difference.

The article also summarizes 9 common pitfalls to avoid including: doing nothing, starting late, investing before paying down credit card debt, etc.

Note:  this is one of a series of articles provided by The Motley Fool website.  Hopefully, students will use this article as a starting point and will use more of the educational materials available on this site.

For more information, click here.

Teaching Suggestions

You may want to use the information in this blog post and the original article to

  • Stress the importance of beginning a savings and investment program sooner rather than later.
  • Explain the power of compounding examples in this article to illustrate the difference in potential returns.
  • Discuss the 9 common pitfalls that often keep people from starting a savings and investment program.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the advantages of starting an investment program sooner rather than later?
  2. Where can you get the money you need to begin a savings and investment program?
  3. What do you consider the biggest pitfall that keeps you from starting a savings and investment program?
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Here’s How to Become a 401k Millionaire

“If your job offers you a 401k or similar retirement plan, you’ve got one of the very best investment tools at your disposal.”

To become a 401k millionaire, all you need is a paycheck, reasonable options in your retirement plan, and time.  This article also explains that once you start putting money into the plan, the tax-deductible investments grow and are tax-deferred until you begin to withdraw money from your 401k account.  As an added bonus, your employer may match all or part of the money you contribute to your 401k account.

A very useful table that shows how many years it will take for you to become a millionaire based on how much you (and your employer) invest each month with different rates of return is also included in this article.  And there are also suggestions for increasing the amount that you save or invest in a 401k account or other savings or investment accounts.

For more information go to http://www.fool.com/retirement/401k/2014/09/27/heres-how-to-become-a-401k-millionaire.aspx

Teaching Suggestions

You may want to use the information in this blog post and the original article to

  • Stress the importance of beginning an investment program sooner rather than later.
  • Discuss ways to save the money needed to start an investment program.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to begin saving and investing sooner rather than later?
  2. Assume you (and your employer) invest $250 a month in your 401k account. How long will it take for you to become a millionaire if your investments earn annual returns of 10 percent?  (Note:  Using the table in the article, the answer is 35.5 years.)
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Retirement Catch Up: Saving After 50

“. . .more than a third of people 55 and older have saved less than $10,000.”

According to Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President of the Charles Schwab Foundation and daughter of Charles Schwab, there are a number of steps anyone can take to get their financial house in order.

For example, Ms. Schwab-Pomerantz suggests that savings should be non-negotiable–it’s that important.  To increase the amount saved, people should take a hard look at where they are spending their money.  For example, do you really need cable television or that new car?

She also suggests that a person in their 20s should save 10 percent of income in order to save the money needed for a comfortable retirement.  If the same person waits until she or he is in their 30s, the percentage for savings increases to 20 percent while someone in their 40s will need to save 30 percent of their income.  Finally, a person in their 50s will need to save 40 percent of income to provide for retirement.   The Bottom Line:  The percentage a person must save for a comfortable retirement increases if they wait to begin a savings and investment program.

For more information go to http://finance.yahoo.com/news/retirement-catch-up–saving-after-50-043631641.html

Teaching Suggestions

You may want to use the information in this blog post and the original article to

  • Remind students how small changes in how they manage their financial affairs can change their lives both now and when they reach retirement age.
  • Stress the importance of beginning a savings and investment program sooner rather than later.
  • Use a Time Value of Money calculation to show how regular savings can increase over time.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to begin a savings and investment program when you are in your 20s?
  2. Where does the money come from to begin a savings and investment program?
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