The Magic of Making Money Grow

Feb 20, 2024 | Advice, Pensions

When planning for retirement, it’s important to have a strong financial strategy in place. One of the most effective strategies is called compound investing. Don’t let the fancy name scare you – it’s a pretty simple concept that can make a big difference. In this article, we’ll explain what compound investing is, why it’s so powerful, and how it can work for you, especially in your pension.

What Is Compound Investing?

Compound investing is like planting a money tree and watching it grow over time. Instead of spending all the money you make from your investments, you reinvest it. This is where the magic happens because your earnings start to earn even more money for you.

How Does It Work?

Imagine you put £10,000 into your pension every year, and your investments grow by 5%. That 5% includes money from things like dividends and interest, which you get once a year. After the first year, you’ll make £500 from your investments. In the second year, you’ll make 5% of £20,500, which is £1025. Your total savings will be £21,525. Fast forward 20 years, and your savings will be an impressive £357,060.25. That’s way more than the £200,000 you put in.

Remember, these numbers don’t take into account fees or taxes, and the value of investments can go up and down. In fact, you can get around 5% guaranteed interest for some fixed-income products meaning the risk is only that the insurer you choose goes bankrupt.

Compound Investing in Your Pension

The best part about compound investing is that it works best when you leave your money alone and let it grow over time. This is great news for pension investors because your pension money is locked away until you’re at least 55 (and 57 in 2028). So, you won’t be tempted to take it out. By regularly putting money into your pension and letting it grow over the long term, you can see some significant benefits.

Why Invest Monthly?

You might be wondering when you should invest. The answer is simple: start now and invest regularly, like every month. Here’s why it’s a smart move:

  1. It Takes Away Stress: The stock market can be a rollercoaster, with prices going up and down. Trying to figure out when to buy and sell is tough even for experts. Investing every month means you don’t have to worry about timing the market.
  2. It Helps Even Out the Bumps: Investing monthly spreads your money across different market conditions. Some months, you might buy when prices are higher, and other times when they’re lower. But over time, it all balances out. This helps reduce the risk of investing at the wrong time.
  3. Builds Good Money Habits: Setting aside money every month makes it a habit. You won’t forget to invest because it happens at the same time. Plus, any growth in your investments just adds to your savings. It does take patience, but the results are worth it.

Start Early for Maximum Gains

The earlier you start saving and investing in your pension, the better. Imagine this: if you begin saving 12% of a £30,000 salary when you’re 30, your pension could be worth around £365,861 when you’re 67 based on 5% net growth. But if you wait until you’re 45 and save the same amount, your pension might only reach about £138,618.

Just remember, investments can go up and down, and you might get back less than you put in. So, it’s important to think about how much risk you’re comfortable with and choose your investments carefully.

Compound investing is a straightforward yet powerful way to grow your money over time. It’s like watching your savings grow while you sit back and relax. When you use this strategy in your pension, take advantage of tax relief, and invest monthly, you’re setting yourself up for a more comfortable retirement. Start early, stay patient, and let your money work for you.

This communication is for informational purposes only based on our understanding of current legislation and practices which are subject to change and are not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

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