This DQ is a combination of a Practical Task as well as a Post.
We are going to look at NASDAQ Annual Returns. Please find the graph as well as the tabulated yearly returns of NASDAQ. The average of the annual returns from 1975 to 2020 is 15.11%.
Read the Scenario described below.
As part of your DQ Task – Please share this Information with 3 – 5 Friends in person or over the phone, whom, you think would want to enjoy financial freedom.
Let’s assume, your friends had no one to guide them like Dr. N or did not have the opportunity to take a Financial Management Course.
Check with your friends, if they would save/invest $5 daily for their own future or for their children’s future, since the day they or their children turn 16 till they turn 21 (Just for these 5 years. Approximately from the time you graduate high school to the time you graduate college).
After that, they do not have to contribute that $5 daily. $5 is the average price paid for a Starbucks Coffee order. Do any of you go to Starbucks Daily?
If they choose to take on the responsibility of financial freedom, would adding a responsibility of $5 per day (giving up one coffee at Starbucks per day) be an impossibility?
Ask them, if they realized, that just in investing $5 in the market, they would have a nice chunk of change of approximately $6,659,259.46 (Yes That is Right) to retire with?
– The main DQ response must have at least 300 words.
– Must organize the DQ response into 3 – 5 different paragraph.
– Must use Dr. N’s example for this post.
I am assuming everyone in this class was typically born after 1975. In case you were born earlier than that, don’t worry, just follow the example.
Suppose, you invested $5 everyday, from the day you were 16 till the day you turned 21 at an average NASDAQ return of 15.11%, then it would have compounded to $13,628.61.
Number of Periods (N) = 5 years * 365 days = 1825 days
Interest Rate (I/Y) = 15.11 / 365 days = 0.0414%
Suppose, you had invested $13,628.61 when you turn 21 into a retirement account that again earned the average market return of 15.11%, then it would have compounded to $6,659,259.46, when you turn 65 and are ready to retire.
That’s right. I know most of you would not believe this number. But, please do your research on NASDAQ returns and go on calculator.net and verify for yourself.
If 15.11% on average return by NASDAQ surprises you, please watch
Jim Simmons has produced an average annual gross return of 66% and an annual net return of 49%. Google and read about Renaissance Technologies and Medallion Fund, if you are curious.
Let’s also assume that no one ever helped you towards your financial freedom and that you told yourself, I AM A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.
No one cares about my financial freedom as much as I DO.
I CARE about Making or Earning money, Spending money, Saving money, Investing money, Giving money (To Charity) as well as Retiring with money.
Make a resolve, that, you will remember for the rest of your life, the Jim Simmons Philosophy.
“”BAD IDEAS ARE GOOD, GOOD IDEAS ARE TERRIFIC AND NO IDEAS ARE BAD””
Inaction and pessimism did not build this society or help humanity in anyway.
Any technology or any innovation was a result of dream, hope, optimism and action or hard work towards that dream.
Even the vaccine that we have today for Covid, was not a result of pessimism and inaction. It is the outcome of optimism and hard work.
Now, humanity has a hope of returning to normalcy.
If you care about your financial freedom, because REMEMBER – NO ONE ELSE WILL then, all it takes is sacrifice ONE Starbucks coffee daily and save $5 from the time you turn 16 till you turn 21. Is that an impossibility?
Please remember the phrase “”ROME WASN’T BUILD IN A DAY””.
This proverbial saying suggests that a complex task or great achievement takes time and effort and should not be rushed.
I always encourage my students to let go of inaction and pessimism. Let go of Idleness and embrace hope and action. It is your financial future.
As the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week, Dr. N. recommends $5 per day from your age of 16 to 21 towards your financial freedom and retirement as a millionaire.
Also, remember, we are not looking at individual diversified funds like the Magellan Fund, Baillie Gifford American Fund, Morgan Stanley US Growth Fund, etc.
Check out the top 25 performing funds of all time.
You can use apps like Robinhood or Webull to invest in ETF’s that track NASDAQ.
A single stock is more risky than the market (NASDAQ).
Single stock has both systematic as well as unsystematic components of risk, but Market has only systematic risk, which we all cannot escape, whether we participated in it or not.
Also, market goes up and down, but in the long term it is significantly up.
Now some of you might be worried about Taxes. Here are my thoughts.
If you were disciplined enough for 5 years and eventually made $6.6 Million for yourself or for your children, even with a 30% tax adjustment you will be left with $4.6 Million.
Think about where those $2 Million paid in taxes is going to go? Who is getting that $2 Million? Government.
It is going towards government projects and government spending that everyone living in this country can be benefitted from.
So, having a comfortable financial nest egg of $4.6 Million, why not pay the $2 Million that will go towards helping others in our country and towards nation building?
You do not have to follow this, but am just throwing alternative thinking out for you to intensely evaluate.
Please look at the attached PDF and you can go on the future value calculator link above and compute for yourself.
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