The Power of Compounding That Can Make You Rich

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

To understand it better let me tell you a story, which you might have already heard.  

Long ago, there lived an Emperor. Once the emperor asked his folks to show him something, so amusing that would sweep his mood. A man came up with his invention in his hand and presented it to the emperor. It was a chessboard. The new game was one of its kinds and the king was so happy that he said- “Name your reward!

The man responded, “Oh emperor, my wishes are simple. I only wish for this. Give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before.

The emperor was surprised that the man had asked for such a small reward. Nevertheless, he ordered his men to give the amount of rice as the winner wanted. A week passed but the reward was yet to be given to the winner. The treasurer was called to justify the delay. The poor treasurer informed him that the reward would add up to an astronomical sum, far greater than all the rice that could conceivably be produced in many centuries!

The emperor was amazed and his eyes popped up as he was narrated the Math behind the wish. The calculation went like this-

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Unexpected! Yes folks! This is called the compounding effect, the eight wonder as Albert Einstein called it. This is the same compounding power that made Warren Buffet the second richest person on earth with 21.5% annual return. TIME is the magic wand for compounding.  To give more compounding power to your wealth, you have to start early just like Warren Buffet, who started investing at the age of eleven.

power of compounding story

Applying the same rules to the investing and considering that we earn 15% p.a.

Initial investment- 10000 Rs.

Annual Return- 15%p.a.

Year Investment Growth
1 10000 15% 11500
2 11500 15% 13225
3 13225 15% 15208.75
4 15208.75 15% 17490.06
5 17490.0625 15% 20113.57
6 20113.57188 15% 23130.61
7 23130.60766 15% 26600.20
8 26600.1988 15% 30590.23
9 30590.22863 15% 35178.76
10 35178.76292 15% 40455.58
11 40455.57736 15% 46523.91
12 46523.91396 15% 53502.50
13 53502.50105 15% 61527.88
14 61527.87621 15% 70757.06
15 70757.05764 15% 81370.62
16 81370.61629 15% 93576.21
17 93576.20874 15% 107612.64
18 107612.64 15% 123754.54
19 123754.5361 15% 142317.72
20 142317.7165 15% 163665.37

The investment amount turns out to be more than 16 times and it`s tax free. If we consider dividend income too, it will be around 18 times. The key is the power of compounding, the snowball effect that happens when your earnings earn more money for your account.  You receive interest not only on your original investments, but also on any interest, dividends, and capital gains that accumulate—so your money can grow faster and faster as the years roll on. Same as a small snowball turns into a giant one as it rolls on.  Check out how you can become crorepati with power of compounding by saving 30 Rs a day. 

Well who don’t like a rising income curve, the mantra is simple. Invest today, be patient, reap the benefit manifold. Do not kill the goose, feed it and see it grow and earn for you.

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