Advantages of starting now
There is always a good reason for not investing, but there is actually an even better reason to start investing right away. In fact, starting sooner rather than later is one of the best investment decisions you can make.
If you asked your friends at a dinner party whether they are interested in becoming an investor, most people will say yes. If you then asked them why they haven't done so, a variety of reasons would probably come out.
Some people may not have the money to invest at the moment. If this is you, take a look at How to budget to invest to investigate your finances a little more closely. You may be surprised to find that you have more money available than you thought.
Other people simply don't feel that they know enough about investing, so they don't have the confidence to make a start. After doing a little research, or speaking with a financial adviser, most people can overcome this hurdle. So once people have the money and the knowledge to become an investor, why don't they go ahead and do it?
For many people, it just never seems to be the right time to invest.
So what is the reason that you should start investing now?
Compound interest - the eighth wonder of the world.
Yes, it's compound interest. Albert Einstein is said to have called it the most powerful force in the universe, and John D. Rockefeller named it the eighth wonder of the world.
You may ask
why they said these things. Most people studied compound interest
in high school, so know how it works. But it's not until you start
calculating some of the effects of compound interest that you realise
how powerful it is.
For more information, visit our section
on the power of compound
You can see from the example what a big difference it makes if you wait even three years to start your investment. That's why starting now is so important.