In today’s post, we are going to dig into an excellent strategy that can put your money to work for you, with a very limited time investment on your end. So if you are a busy person who can’t find the time to regularly review the financial markets, please keep reading this article, because you are going to love it!
What is an Index Fund Investment?
It is a portfolio of stocks or bonds designed to match or track the composition and performance of a financial market index. Therefore, Index funds seek to match the risk and return of a particular market based on the theory that, in the long run, the market itself will outperform any single investment. This means that an Index fund will follow what is called a passive investment strategy.
Index funds are an excellent option for beginners, because you can own a wide variety of stocks, with very good diversification, and lower risk. That’s why a lot of beginner investors purchase index funds to obtain a better investment rather than buying individual stocks.
Index funds have lower expenses and fees than actively managed funds.
Strong long term performance, which make these funds ideal for passive long term investors.
Lower risks due to diversification.
They can be an excellent opportunity for Passive Income, as the individual investor doesn’t need to spend time looking at the financial markets.
I honestly can’t find any disadvantages for Index funds. As always, this is only my personal opinion.
Why choose an Index Fund Investment?
Aside from the aforementioned advantages, I am going to share with you some data that had a tremendous impact on me when I first became aware of it: The stock market returns since 1900. Please hold tight.
If you invested $100 in the S&P 500 at the beginning of 1900, you would have about $8,899,299.50 by the end of 2022, with an important assumption: you reinvested all dividends. This is a return of investment of 9.75% per year.
Another important piece of information: This investment result beats inflation during this period of 122 years for an inflation adjusted return of 6.62% per year.
In other words, I choose to invest some of my savings in an Index Fund Investment because I can put my money to work, and I let the magic of the compound interest happen.
I also wanted to share with you my source of information for these impressive numbers. There are endless options of where to get economic indicators. However, I personally found the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators to be disappointing. However, there is an author who has done an amazing analysis about CPI and S&P500 over the years. His name is Ian Webster and you can find his work here.
I am really grateful that he shares all of this data for free!
“Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 11 Jul. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/
How do I invest in an Index Fund Investment?
Several years ago I started to invest in a couple of Index Fund Investments. However, we need to be very strict with our plan, and stick to it firmly, with no exception. Here are the main rules of this plan:
- My goal since then has been to top-up my index fund in a monthly basis with the same amount of money. To help me with this, I’ve got an automatic direct debit in my account. So every month, £150 goes directly into my investment account. You can also allocate that money into your chosen Index Fund straight away so you ensure that the money is always invested and working for you.
- HOLD, HOLD and HOLD! The second rule is to always hold your investment. It’s perfectly normal for the financial markets to go up and down. As we have discussed a few times, it is critical to have the correct mindset before you start looking into any kind of Passive Income. This one is not different. We need to be strong and keep to our strategy no matter what is happening in the world. The XX century was a very conflictive one, we had 2 world wars, the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and lots of other disasters. Despite them, as we have already seen, the S&P 500 has been able to beat the inflation rate by 6.25%.
- The third and final point of this strategy is to select the correct Index Fund for you. There is no right or wrong answer here, however this can be quite a complex topic, so I will share with you my best advice and tips in a separate post. Stay tuned!
When should you start investing?
ASAP! If you have read my post The Magic of Compound Interest, you can see the impact of adding £150 per month during 28 years: £310k ready to make your retirement easier. Imagine that instead of letting your money work for you during this period of time, you start when you are 25 years old, and you get the money when you retire, let’s say at the age of 67. In 42 years you could make over 1 million pounds! So my advice is to start investing in an Index Fund yesterday. You can find the breakdown of this crazy amount of money below. Please do not forget to read the rules of the scenario below in me previous post The Magic of Compound Interest.
Thanks a lot for reading, and please reach out to me if you have any questions!
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