While savings accounts are a great tool for growing your money, investments can help grow your money even more. See how they compare.
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Investing Can Be Rewarding, But It’s Also Risky
A savings account is a great place to store your money when you’re starting out. It’s safe and it pays a little interest – but it won’t make you rich! In order to grow your money, it’s best to move some of it into investments with a higher rate of return.
In fact, many financial experts suggest that your money should be growing somewhere between 5% and 10% per year. You won’t get that from a savings account these days.
Just compare $100 in a savings account earning 1% interest per year with an investment earning 5% per year and another earning 10% per year.
At 1% interest, you earn just a few pennies per year. After 20 years, you earn only $20. With a 5% return, you more than double your money to $271.85. And with a 10% return, your money grows more than seven times to $738.70!
One thing to note, however, is investments aren’t insured like your savings account. You take the risk of losing everything if your investment becomes less valuable.