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27th
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2021

The Power of Planting Your Tree Now

The Power of Planting Your Tree Now

The Chinese proverb ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is now’ is now a familiar saying to many of us. It acknowledges that while we should arguably have taken action earlier, this should not prevent us from taking action now.

What impact does this idea have on investments? We have all heard of compound interest, but its real impact can sometimes be hard to comprehend. We understand that at 2.00% per annum, £100 becomes £102, which becomes £104.04, which becomes £106.12, and so on. Whilst a modest impact at first, when left for longer time periods compounding can quickly build large sums.

What is the impact of monthly saving in the long term?

Let’s say we stop buying a daily lunch of a coffee (£3), a pastry (£3) and a sandwich (£4). Over a month, buying no lunch would save £300, giving up only the coffee and pastry would save £200, and simply ditching the pastry would save £100.

If we choose to invest our new monthly savings in the UK stock market using the average annual return for the previous 60 years1 of 5.50% (inflation adjusted and minus 0.80% for fees), what return will we see?

The Power of Planting Your Tree Now

As a tool for saving large amounts of money, monthly contributions derived from arguably small sacrifices can be incredibly powerful. When combined with compound interest they can produce results that initially seem beyond reach.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it, he who doesn’t pays it.” Albert Einstein

 

  1. Dimensional Matrix Book 2020

Patrick Christie
Graduate Trainee Financial Planner – WealthFlow
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