Creating your freedom fund
Recently I attended the Morningstar investment strategy day in Melbourne, a full day of sessions from investment managers, analysts and more, including a presentation from Paul Howes, partner of KPMG Australia.
Mr Howes highlighted one reality that exists across Australia: many of the population don’t presently have enough money for retirement.
That isn’t ok. Something must be done about this, and so here I write, calling on you to act to forge your own financial security. At the very least, review what you are currently doing.
For those who work as lawyers, as your income rises over time, so to for most does the lifestyle expectations, and at times, not enough thought is put to building financial security.
Why wouldn’t you create financial security for yourself as soon as you reasonably can? This is not something to start five or ten years before ceasing work. Give yourself more time. Instead start right away.
Starting now may mean doing so in a smaller way, however, you’d be surprised how much difference it can make by starting to build wealth (and eliminate mortgage debt) as soon as you can.
Here is an example that illustrates the more time you have, the easier it is.
James and Jennifer are brother and sister. They both understand that they should invest some of their money to build wealth over time. Their approach differs given Jennifer doesn’t get around to doing anything about it for some time. James starts early, from the start of his career, and makes a commitment to an ultra-long term and consistent regular savings plan. Jennifer adopts an identical approach, however starts her regular investment at age 40.
Both start with a capital value of $5,000, and invest $400 per month into an investment plan. James starts at age 23 and stops at 65 years of age, where Jennifer starts hers at age 40, until age 65. Both portfolios provide an average 8% per annum compound return. Naturally the rate of return does have a bearing on wealth creation.
What do you think their final balances are?
For James his investment is worth $1,718,831. What a balance! A sizeable amount which has been built up over time. Who would have thought from $5,000 it could get to this?
For Jennifer hers is $385,150. Still a good amount of money but substantially less than James.
The power of compound returns accelerates as you have more time. The longer you have, the more this can benefit you.
Note, with an investment plan such as this, it is highly unlikely that someone will get a consistent 8% return year on year. Instead it will be 11% one year, -3% another, 8% another and so on. Therefore, be aware that the actual figures over time won’t be exactly as calculated. However, the key point remains: the more time you have to invest, the easier it is to grow your freedom fund.
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