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Don’t Sleep On Investing: Why You Should Invest Now And Not Later

by The Simple Sum | 29 Apr 2024 | 11 mins read

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Investing is the ultimate life hack – it can morph your hard-earned dollars into a wealth-generating machine.

That’s right, investing potentially makes you more money by making your money work harder and smarter.  

And the two ingredients that are crucial to optimising your investments are time and compounding. That’s why it’s always better to invest sooner, rather than later in life.  

The magic of compound interest 

When you invest, you earn returns or interest. It may be tempting to cash out or to take that money as “free money” that you can spend freely. But doing that makes you miss out on a huge component of investing. 

If you choose to reinvest the money instead and if your investments and the market continues to do well, what it does is earn even more money. And when you consistently reinvest your returns, it creates a snowball effect where your gains make more gains for you. That’s called compounding. 

Imagine your investment as a snowball at the top of a snowy hill. Your initial capital is like the small snowball you start with.  

As time passes, the snowball begins to roll down the hill, picking up more and more snow along the way. The longer it rolls, the larger it becomes, thanks to the accumulating snow. In this analogy, time is like the slope of the hill, allowing your investment to grow and compound. 

Similarly, even if you start with a small amount of money, the longer you allow your investment to compound, the more it can grow.  

Time also plays a crucial role in the compounding process, just as the slope of the hill is essential for the snowball to gain size and momentum. You can think of the length of the slope as the passage of time, and the longer the “time” it has, the larger the snowball will grow.   

Hence, over time compounding effect can turn a small amount of money into a significant financial snowball.  



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How Investing Is About Making Choices

The benefits of starting early 

Now, let’s debunk a common thought that most people have: “I’ll start investing when I have more to spare.” However, if let’s do some number-crunching to help illustrate why this line of thinking might cost you more than you realise. 

Meet Sarah and Alex. Sarah started investing $500 a month at the age of 25 and stopped after just 10 years. Alex, on the other hand, waits until 35 to begin investing and diligently puts in $500 a month for 30 years. Fast forward to age 65, and you’d be surprised – Sarah, the early bird, actually has caught up with slightly more money. 


Case study of Sarah and Alex




Age they started investing 



Starting investment 



Monthly investment 



Contribution period (years to grow in TSS Investment Calculator) 

 10 years 

 30 years 

Investment horizon 

40 years 

30 years 

Total investment contribution 



Assumed Annual Average Return 



Amount at 65 years old 




 Computation Notes: 

*Using MSCI World Index as the benchmark for the global stock market, its average annualised return over the last 20 years is 7.9%. 

**Amount is an estimation based on The Simple Sum’s Investment Calculator for the first 10 years of investment ($87,547.23) with the following input:  

Initial Investment $500 
Monthly Contribution $500 
Years to Grow: 10 
Rate of Return: 7% 

Followed by applying 7% rate of return on $87,547.23 for the next 30 years using the following formula: $87,547.23 x (1 + 7%) ^ 30 years = $666,431.84 

***Amount is an estimation based on The Simple Sum’s Investment Calculator with the following input: 

Initial Investment $500 
Monthly Contribution $500 
Years to Grow: 30 
Rate of Return: 7% 

Past performance figures do not reflect future performance. Any reference to a company, financial product or asset class is used for illustrative purposes and does not represent our recommendation in any way.


The moral of the story? Starting early has a compounding advantage that can outshine contributions that are larger in size but made later. It’s not just about the size of the nest egg; it’s about the time it is given to incubate and grow. 

Learn valuable lessons when you are younger instead of older 

While investing is about amassing wealth; it’s a journey of self-discovery and financial education. Even if you’re starting with small amounts, you’ll learn invaluable lessons that will serve you well throughout your life. 

Think of it as a financial apprenticeship. You’re not just growing your money; you’re growing as an investor. These early experiences help you understand your risk tolerance, investment preferences, and financial goals. It’s like learning to ride a bike – the wobbles and falls teach you how to navigate the twists and turns. 

As you invest, you’re not just accumulating dollars; you’re accumulating wisdom. And the insights gained from your early investment endeavours can be the compass guiding you through the complexities of the financial landscape in the years to come. 


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“Compounding” Magic

Time is your best friend 

In investing, time is a formidable ally. It’s not just about the money you put in; it’s about the time you give it to flourish and learn investing lessons that will serve you well in the future. So, if you’re pondering when to start investing, the answer is clear – now.  

The earlier you begin, the more time your money has to work its magic. Remember, it’s not just an investment; it’s an investment in your future self. Start now and thank yourself later.

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