What caught my eye this week.
Time is something you can never have enough of when you’re compounding your way to financial freedom.
That’s because the big payoff from compound interest is back loaded.
In the early years, how much you can save from your income matters most.
But later on, your gains on money already socked away is usually what makes the biggest difference.
A return of say 10% on a near-retirement pot of £1,000,000 is an awful lot more than 10% on your first year’s savings of £5,000.
It’s £100,000 versus £500, to be precise about it.
Clearly the longer you can compound your money for, the better.
Unfortunately we can’t go back in time to begin earlier – the age-old lament of savers when compound interest first ‘clicks’ for them.
But in a novel post at On Dollars and Data, Nick Maggiulli suggests finding a few extra years further down the line as a way of boosting your returns:
According to the data, the answer is…exercise.
Exercising regularly to improve your strength and your cardiovascular health is the most effective way to increase how much time left you have on this Earth, all else equal.
I agree that personal fitness is an under-appreciated part of the game we’re all playing.
Few people would be happy to retire to fewer years than they might have enjoyed if they’d stayed in shape, or with not being able to do as much as they’d like due to physical limitations.
Not if they can help it, anyway. And Nick does his usual great job of marshaling the numbers to show that many of us can indeed help ourselves.
A solid exercise habit can be expected to add three to five years to your life, he finds.
Good, but even better getting fits means an additional six to eight years of your later years might be healthy – compared to if you’d done nothing.
You don’t need stress yourself out trying to save every penny. Instead, you exercise more, reduce your stress, and extend your life. This is a non-financial solution to a financial problem.
And while it might seem unorthodox, for those that are having trouble saving more, it might be the best option available.
Check out the full post, and then get moving!
Have a great weekend.
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Bank of England postpones next interest rate decision for a week – ThisIsMoney
Average energy bills to be capped by government at £2,500 from October – Sky News
Halifax and housebuilder Barratt warn of challenges ahead for property market – Guardian
How a thief is stealing thousands from London gym goers – BBC
Pioneering study reveals the best and worst jobs in the UK – Guardian
Europe’s new dirty energy: the ‘unavoidable evil’ of wartime fossil fuels [Search result] – FT
Lloyds of London hands staff a £2,500 cost-of-living bonus – ThisIsMoney
Property investor accused of shutting down criticism over £10,000 courses – Guardian
The bad news for the pound is not all in the price [Search result] – FT
Products and services
How the new ‘energy price guarantee’ will affect gas and electricity users – Guardian
Chip launches lottery-style savings product with £10,000 top prize – ThisIsMoney
Open a SIPP with Interactive Investor and pay no SIPP fee for six months. Terms apply – Interactive Investor
When will King Charles’ head appear on UK coins and banknotes? – ThisIsMoney
Natwest 3.8% Digital Regular Saver account review – Be Clever With Your Cash
Heat your clothes to save on energy bills – Guardian
Sainsbury’s Bank slashes credit card Nectar points – Which
Homes with kitchens worthy of The Great British Bake Off, in pictures – Guardian
Comment and opinion
The only equation that matters – Fortunes & Frictions
How passive are markets, actually? [Spoiler: more than you think. Search result] – FT
Retiring from unemployment – Dror Poleg
The Great British housing wealth divide [Search result] – FT
What’s alpha? – Morningstar
Some tips on successfully working from home – Humble Dollar
Financial crisis and the risk of suicide – Advisor Perspectives
Reality is messier than spreadsheets – A Wealth of Common Sense
What to do when your side hustle becomes a drag – Vox
Behind the scenes of making a Netflix documentary – Mr Money Mustache
Best option – Humble Dollar
Value shares mini-special
The linking of stock multiples and interest rates is overdone… – Albert Bridge
…but have you looked at the correlations with inflation? – Klement on Investing
Naughty corner: Active antics
Why is active fund selection so difficult? – Behavioural Investment
US equities now look pretty undervalued – Morningstar
The learning mindset for active investors – Neckar’s Minds and Markets
Blackstone-backed song rights machine suffers growing pains [Search result] – FT
The UK’s top 40 dividend stocks – UK Dividend Stocks
Jeremy Grantham: entering the super-bubble’s final act – GMO
Kindle book bargains
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi – £0.99 on Kindle
How To Own The World by Andrew Craig – £0.99 on Kindle
Quit Like A Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required by Kristy Shen – £0.99 on Kindle
Way Of The Wolf by Jordan Belfort – £0.99 on Kindle
Investing in (unlisted) Thrive Renewables – DIY Investor
Shades of green in ESG – Humble Dollar
Killing invasive species is now a competitive sport – New Yorker
He was protecting our oceans, and then he disappeared – BBC
Why birds changed their tune during the pandemic – Atlas Obscura
How Facebook is saving snakes – Scientific American
Off our beat
The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse – Guardian
Chesterton’s Fence: a lesson in second-order thinking – Farnham Street
There’s some good news in the battle with long Covid – Guardian
How to create a simple newsletter to support your business – Spilled Coffee
The lesson from Lord of the Rings ‘review bombing’ – UnHerd
New studies further confirm link between ultra-processed foods and cancer – Delish
Michael Sheen rallies the Welsh [Video] – via Twitter
Stewart Lee: how will history recall Bad King Boris? – Guardian
“That was leadership, it was doing the right thing, it was duty, it set an example.”
– Archbishop of Canterbury’s praise for The Queen at her husband’s funeral
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