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How $5,000 a Year Can Become Nearly $1 Million

January 11th, 2018 | Posted in Investing

Any patient investor can turn $5,000 a year into nearly $1 million in their lifetime. So says Ron Baron, billionaire founder of Baron Capital.1

In a recent CNB article, he calculates that “if you invest $5,000 a year for 30 years … it’s worth $890,000″ based on historical stock market returns. “It’s all about compounding.”

On a shorter time horizon, he says that the strategy would yield $110,000 in a decade. “If you do it for 20 years, it’s worth $250,000.”2

Stock-Picking Savvy Not Needed

While Baron specializes in identifying companies he believes are undervalued, he insists individual investors don’t need to be astute stock pickers. “The simplest thing for people to do is buy an index fund.”

Baron bases his belief on the historical correlation between the economy and the stock market. And while admitting it wouldn’t all be smooth sailing, he thinks the U.S. economy has proven its resilience over the long haul.

It’s Never Been Easier to Benefit from Compounding

With the advent of robo advisors, it may be easier than ever for individuals to take advantage of the stock market’s potential to generate wealth over the long term. In minutes, investors can create a portfolio that takes into account their goals and risk tolerance, then set up an investment plan that allows them to add to their account at regular intervals over time.

And while there are no guarantees such a plan will lead to a million dollar balance, investors who persevere through decades of ups and downs have the potential to generate impressive returns.

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1 Source: Vanguard. https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/saving-investing/model-portfolio-allocations

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