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Why You Can't Wait Any Longer

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Thursday, January 7, 2016

It seems so insignificant, it should be irrelevant...
But the opposite is true...
It's incredibly important. And chances are you have no idea how crushing it could be to you.
It could mean the difference between retiring in style or not retiring at all...
I urge you to share with your family what I share with you today. It'll be a fun little dinner conversation. They will be shocked. And hopefully that shock will cause them to make a major change – starting today.
Even smart people don't instantly see it – as I found out yesterday. But as you will see, it's true.
Let me explain this important thing with a little story...
Yesterday, I spoke in my daughter's gifted class at school. I was asked to talk about saving and investing.
I started out by holding up a penny... "If you started with a penny and doubled your money every day for a month, how much money would you have at the end of that month?"
I held up two pennies. "That's day two," I said. I held up four pennies. "That's day three."
The kids started raising their hands. "Two dollars!" one kid said. "Five dollars!!!" another said, louder than the first.
Then I showed them what the first 10 days of doubling each penny every day would look like...

"We're already at five dollars after 10 days," I showed them. "So where will we be at the end of the month?"
"Ten dollars," one kid yelled, clearly not seeing the pattern.
"A hundred dollars!!!" the next one yelled. This was closer... but they had no idea the power of this snowball gathering steam down the hill.
I shared the next 10 days of doubling each penny every day.

I rounded down to $10 to keep nice, even numbers to help the kids see the pattern here...
If you look, you'll see this is the same as the first 10 days – with three zeros added!
"OK, we're now at $5,000 after 20 days of doubling each penny every day... SO NOW where do you think we'll be at the end of the month of doing this?"
"Ten thousand dollars!" one kid yelled. Clearly the pattern still wasn't sinking in. (And this is the gifted class.)

The answer, you will be surprised to learn, is more than $10 million...
If you start with a penny and double it every day for a month, you will end up with more than $10 million. That is the power of compound interest.
Change the example from 30 days to 30 years, and you have a lifetime of savings.
But what if you procrastinate? What if you decide you'll wait until next year?
What happens if you wait 10 years before you finally start putting small amounts away?
Then you'll only get the first 20 years of savings, instead of the full 30 (OK, 31).
The end result is crushing... Instead of ending up with more than $10 million in this example, you would only end up with $5,120.
I fully realize that these numbers are not realistic. Doubling a penny a day (or every year) is a 100% return every day (or year). That is not going to happen.
But the point is still valid...
In short, no matter how old you are, don't wait another day. Don't wait another moment. Start saving more, right now.
It's easy to procrastinate. You won't see the negative effects in the short run. But in the long run, the damage could be crushing. For younger readers, these "pennies" saved early on could mean the difference between retiring comfortably or not being able to retire at all.
People don't get it. They don't realize the power of compounding.
I urge you to do what I did with my daughter's class... Ask your family or friends how much money they would have if they started with a penny and doubled what they have every day for a month. Nobody will come close.
It's a great story to remind them – and you – why you need to make the extra effort, starting today, to put those pennies away...
Good investing,

Further Reading:

Porter Stansberry says the No. 1 objection he gets when telling readers about the compounding strategy is: "That's great, Porter. Wish I'd known about that when I was 25. But it's too late for me now. I don't have 30 years." But Porter says, "That's nonsense." Find out why here.
"Some companies are much better than others at compounding capital," Porter writes. "If your goal as an investor is to compound your savings over time, wouldn't it be easier to simply figure out which companies will compound your capital at an acceptable rate, and buy those firms (and only those firms) at reasonable prices?" To see how this works – and how different these companies are from "regular" companies – click here.

Market Notes


Yesterday, we showed you the dangers of getting caught up in the latest fad when it comes to investing...
If you want to make safe, consistent money in the market, you're often much better off owning the "boring" companies that sell the basics. These companies aren't going to produce the next hot technologies... but they enjoy steady demand and generate huge returns for investors. We've shown you countless examples of these types of businesses over the years. Today, we take a look at car-parts and auto-repair chain Pep Boys (PBY).
Maintaining a vehicle isn't exciting, but it's something every car owner needs. And Pep Boys is one of the go-to spots for repair services, tires, and other auto parts. Shares have been in a steady uptrend and recently shot up even higher after news broke that billionaire investor Carl Icahn struck a deal to buy the company.
Shares are up nearly 100% over the past year and are trading around their highest level since 2007. Car maintenance may be a boring business, but it works!

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