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Interest It Pays To StartCompound Saving Now MIND BEND Provided by Laurissa Grubb from Blue Eagle® Credit Union

In case you haven’t heard, compound interest is the best. You may remember it as an equation you had to memorize for math class, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the concept that powers all sorts of savings and investment products and, over time, allows you to turn your money into, well, more money! Even though compound interest is easy to understand—compound interest = more money for you!—those who can potentially benefit most from it (those in their teens and 20s) don’t seem to be taking advantage of it. Savings contributions and retirement savings participation rates are falling among young adults. So if we understand that compound interest translates into free money down the road, what could possibly be standing in the way? As it turns out, it’s not so much a math or finance issue as it is a life issue—if we have trouble identifying our life goals, we’ll also have trouble planning and saving for them. At the risk of sounding like Dr. Phil, we need to understand ourselves before we can fully understand our finances. Acknowledge the big picture This is a tough one, because a lot happens between your teens and your 30s. You’ll experience a combination of moving out, starting your career, dealing with student loans, getting married, financing a home—all these things

have their own set of stresses that make it difficult to see past them. Details make your goals more tangiWhen you’re a new grad and job ble, more immediate therefore, Compound interest is the and, eighth wonder hunting, it’s hard to imagine yourself of the easier to commit Take a little world. He who to. understands it, time, retiring in 40 years. If you’re living doit… a little research and turnit… your big earns He who doesn’t, pays with your family rent-free, it’s hard picture into something you can start on – Albert Einstein to imagine yourself putting down a right now. deposit on a home. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it’s hard to Don’t let decisions overwhelm you Compound interest interest on making your interest: imagine having enough to pay off yourmeans Notearning many people enjoy student loans. decisions—especially when it comes YEAR 0 YEAR 1 YEAR 2 to life changes and major financial The first step is to acknowledge that commitments. It’s easy todeposit understand initial deposit initial + interest you want these things, even if they why—decision-making is scary (not so initial deposit seem impossible right now. You want much the actual “deciding” part, but to retire comfortably. You want to buy more the “fear-of-making-the-wronga home. You want to live debt-free. decision-and-regretting-everything-forYou may even want to travel or go ever” part). back to school. These goals may seem moreto earned interest earned interest far away, but they’re definitely there Savings goals require you make a lot and they’re certainly not going away. of big decisions. You need to choose a powerful concept in focus saving Every day that goes by It’s is one day goals to on,and youinvesting. need to choose closer to the time when you want to between different banking products achieve those goals. and you need to choose how to distribute your savings contributions. SomeThe good news is that a little bit of times the choices are brutally blunt, your time and energy now can go a such as choosing between owning a car long way later. Make an appointment and paying off your credit card debt. with our credit union to learn about savings products. Take 10 minutes The important thing is to not let all and set up a direct deposit into your that decision-making overwhelm you. savings account. When you’re dealing Remember: just by facing those deciwith compound interest, the longer sions, you’re making progress, because you wait to get started, the less 3 money you’re+establishing what’s most imporStrategies Takeaways you’ll earn in the long run. tant to you and renewing your commitment to your goals. Lack of clarity is self-sabotage STRATEGY 1 If you’re already at the stage where you can see the big picture, it’s time to get specific. You know you want to VS. Laurissa resides in Roanoke save for your retirement—great! But with her family and is the how much is that, exactly? $350,000? Director of Marketing for A million dollars? More? Do © What happens if you withdraw your interest as you earn it? Credit Union. Blue Eagle you have any idea? She has worked in credit unions for more These questions aren’t than 20 years, meant to overwhelm$1,000 you, initial deposit has a passion 5% annual return but if they caught you off for financial Doesn’t touch his account guard that means it’s time education, to add some real dollar and believes $ amounts EINSTEIN and real timelines stronger to your big-picture goals. individuals For example, you could make a turn “saving for home stronger Total interest earned after 35 years: ownership” into “saving community. $50,000 in the next 12 years for a down payment $1,000 initial deposit on a home”. 5% annual return Spends the interest every year

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Growing Up In the Valley June 2015  

Volume 3, Issue 10