It may not take special stock-picking skill for an investor to turn $5,000 a year into nearly $1 million in their lifetime, according to Ron Baron, billionaire founder of Baron Capital.1,2,3
“It’s all about compounding,” he says in a recent CNB article. Baron calculates that “if you invest $5,000 a year for 30 years … it’s worth $890,000,″ based on historical stock market returns.
Stock-Picking Savvy Not Needed
Baron himself specializes in identifying companies he believes are undervalued, but 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 estimates 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.
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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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2 Zacks Investment Management is not affiliated in any way with Ron Baron and/or Baron Capital.
3 The performance results discussed herein are back-tested. These results were achieved by means of the retroactive application of a model that was designed with the benefit of hindsight. Thus, the performance returns noted should not be considered indicative. Moreover, an investment inherently involves a high degree of risk. There is no assurance that you will achieve your investment objectives.
4 Zacks Advantage was ranked “Best” for Equity performance and 2nd Best for Total Portfolio performance out of 26 largest robo advisors for Q4 2018 The Robo Report published by Backend Benchmarking. For complete details of these rankings, including criteria and methodology, visit https://theroboreport.com/.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss
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