Setting great habits into your daily are always a great start to your day. You know, drink more water, exercise more, meditate. Good habits bring piece of mind that keeps us grounded. The same applies to your financial well being.
Investing is not about “getting rich” or “playing the market”. Its about meeting the needs of those who depend on you as well as being able to set and achieve goals that go beyond paying your bills and managing debts. Get a plan and stick to it. Be a saver not a spender. The best advice I could have given my boys was to pay yourself first with automatic monthly investing. Investing shouldn’t happen just once. When you make it a habit, you may be able to grow your wealth more quickly and smooth out market fluctuations.
Monthly contributions help prepare you for the future. The strategy is simple, set aside a fixed amount of your income every month that goes directly towards your investments.
There are two potential benefits:
1. Your investments could grow though compounding. When you invest every month, you’re constantly putting more money away to work for you while giving your deposit more time to grow.
2. You can benefit from dollar cost averaging. We can’t predict the timing of markets price fluctuations. However, when you invest monthly, you pay a little more when markets are up and a little less when they’re down. Using this approach, the average price you’ll pay is typically in the middle, helping you level out the cost of your investments.
Boosting your monthly contributions helps you prepare for future cost of living increases. Here are three potential ways to invest $1,200 per year for five years, assuming a 6% annual return. In this example, investing monthly and increasing your contribution by 3% each year to make up for the rising cost of living can provide a better outcome over time. *
$1200.00 1 per year, ANNUAL = $6765.00
$100.00 2 per month, MONTHLY = $6977.00
$100.00 3 per month, MONTHLY INDEXED = $7382.00
*Additional return is calculated after accounting for personal contributions made at the end of each period. Based on total contribution amounts of: 1 $6,000 over five years at $1,200 per year; 2 $6,000 over 60 monthly contributions of $100 per month; and 3 $6,370.96 over 60 months at $100 per month indexed at 3% annually. For illustrative purposes only. $7,382 $100 per month indexed at 3% annually $100 per month $6,977 2 $1,200 per year $6,765 1 Annual Monthly
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