How does compound interest work?
Let’s assume you put $50,000 into your super. To keep things simple, you never contributed another dollar over the next 40 years of your working life. How much money would your money make if your super was returning 5% a year?
Year 0 $50,000
Year 1 $52,500 ($50,000 + ($50,000 x 5% = $2,500))
Year 2 $55,125 ($52,500 + ($52,500 x 5% = $2,625))
Year 3 $57,881 ($55,125 + ($55,125 x 5% = $2,756))
Year 4 $60,775 ($57,881 + ($57,881 x 5% = $2,894))
Year 5 $63,814 ($60,775 + ($60,775 x 5% = $3,039))
Year 10 $81,445
Year 20 $32,665
Year 40 $351,999
Over your working life, your $50,000 would grow to $351,999 through compounding interest. Not a bad effort given you didn’t do anything and simply let time and money do the work for you. This is how the wealthy stay wealthy. Their money does the work.
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