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Power of Compounding!

It’s not an exaggeration to call compounding the 8th wonder of the world. The path to immense wealth lies in letting your money grow. Regularly withdrawing returns is akin to a fixed-income job. Investors employ various methods to achieve compounded returns. While bank fixed deposits offer safety, their interest rates are meager. It could take generations to witness substantial growth. Mutual funds SIPs and equity investments offer superior ROI.

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Exponentially increase investments

In this article, we will delve into how compounding can exponentially increase investments. For beginners, compounding involves reinvesting returns in the same instrument, resulting in ‘Compound Interest.’ For example, investing 100,000 Rupees at a 10% annual compound interest would yield the following:

Year Principal Interest (10%)
1 100,000 10,000
2 110,000 11,000
3 121,000 12,100
4 122,100 12,210
5 146,410 14,641
6 161,051 16,105.1
7 177,156.1 17,715.61
8 194,871.7 19,487.17

Observe how the capital almost doubled in 8 years due to compounding. Compounding doesn’t have to occur annually; it can be monthly, weekly, or even daily, with shorter intervals showcasing its true power. The graphical illustration below illustrates compounding’s impact at varying interest rates:

Magic of Compounding

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Traders can significantly benefit from compounding by reinvesting returns into their portfolios. A sound trading system can yield over 20% annual returns. Given time to grow, this can multiply your wealth rapidly. However, effective risk management and position sizing are essential for long-term wealth growth.

The following formula calculates the total amount through compounding:

A = P left(1 + frac{r}{n}right)^{nt}
  • A = Final Amount Received
  • P = Principal Amount (Initial Investment)
  • r = Annual nominal interest rate (as a decimal, e.g., 10% as 0.1)
  • n = Number of times the interest is compounded per year (e.g., 12 for monthly compounding, 2 for semi-annual, and 4 for quarterly)
  • t = Number of years

Download our Excel sheet for the calculations:

Power of Compounding

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