Bartering as a Second Income

Bartering as a Second Income

Topics Espoused in Bartering as a 2nd Income:

Bartering as a Second Income
  1. Bartering – as Defined by the IRS
  2. More On Exchanging Money
  3. A Second Income Is Possible
  4. Bartering Creates The Income
  5. The Internet and Barter Clubs
  6. Barter Could Enhance Your Life

Bartering as a 2nd Income

Bartering as a second income is a neat concept as far as I’m concerned. You and I can both agree once upon a time people bartered way more than they made purchases.

Bartering is defined in the dictionary as, “trading goods or services without the exchange of money”.

The important part of the definition is, “without the exchange of money”.

Just so you are aware there are some hucksters in the world who claim bartering is income tax free. They propound information making you think the IRS doesn’t recognize bartering as a taxable event. Not true. Not true.

You can believe if an event like your death is taxable to the IRS, there ain’t much that’s tax free.

In fact, the IRS has an opinion on every act of commerce. You can read their opinion in the Publications they publish. I will get into that in a moment. You can earn a second income from bartering just please don’t fall for the totally incorrect and misleading narrative saying barter is a tax free event.

Note: Before we go any further please be advised everything in this article is for information only. Nothing is intended to be tax or legal advice. Always, and I mean always, consult with knowledgeable, competent professionals.

Bartering – At least as the IRS Defines It

This definition was copied from IRS Publication 525 (2019) page 20. You can download your very own personal copy simply by going to irs.gov. It’s that easy. By the way, this publication is 37 pages long and covers everything from barter to life insurance.

Here’s their definition:

“Bartering is an exchange of property or serv-ices.”

What They Say About Barter Income:

“You must include in your income, at the time received, the FMV of property or services you receive in bartering. If you exchange serv-ices with another person and you both have agreed ahead of time on the value of the serv-ices, that value will be accepted as FMV unless the value can be shown to be otherwise.”

FMV stands for Fair Market Value. I did not copy any of the examples they listed. My thought theology was anyone interested enough in bartering would download a copy of this publication and read the pertinent section. It happens to be the first topic covered under the Section Heading: Miscellaneous Income.

Enough of the IRS. I thought it was important enough to tell you what they say. So you don’t get caught up in one of the many “barter” scams floating around the web. Now onto the meat of the topic.  

We’re Not Done With Exchanging Money

Without exchanging money means you did not receive nor did you pay money. This kind of exchange can be very profitable if you work it right. One more time. Working it right DOES NOT mean tax avoidance. Enough said.

Bartering is what the old horse trading was about. One guy trades another guy his horse for something he wants. It is an even exchange meaning both recognize they receive value for their traded item(s).

It could work out just fine in other scenarios too. For example, party 1 trades a horse and party 2 trades mechanical work on the first party’s tractor. As long as the parties involved feel like they got something of equal or better value.

On the other hand, there may be trouble if one of the parties involved thinks he received an item of lesser value. But that’s not what this article was intended to examine. So we’re going to move on and forget about the guy who might think he got “barter burned”.

Moving along, bartering is as old as man. Or at least some men, namely, the guy writing this article. Hehehehehe, I do enjoy poking fun at myself.

I can’t fathom what Neanderthals traded but you know it was something. Maybe a dinosaur leg for an elephant tusk. Or maybe it was clubs, and not of the golf kind. Who knows, right?

A Second Income Is Always Possible

Given this is true, it is possible to create a second income from bartering. The reason is simple. Not everybody wants, or knows how, to barter. They would rather pay cash for the desired item.

You can see proof of that every day. Simply walk into any retail outlet and what do you see but shelves stocked with goods. People put those goods into carts and go to something called a cash register. The clerk scans the items and the person pays. Unless there’s more items behind the milk. Then obviously the clerk finishes scanning the rest of the items first. And then the person pays with either cash or card, or possibly writes a check.

That’s not very likely this day and age but I’m getting sidetracked again. My point is no one stands there and tries to barter a figurine they created for that gallon of milk. Because that won’t work and we know it.

I’m sure you’ll recognize another scenario I call “Unintended Bartering”. Unintended bartering occurs when party a has to give items to party b to pay off a debt. And that’s kind of like creating a second income. Okay, no it’s not. But we had fun, right?

I’ll bet you are wondering, “Where does the second income enter the picture?”. After all, you too take your cart to the checkout line and pay.

So before you have to say, “Show me the money!”, I’ll just go ahead and do that very thing.

The Art of Bartering Creates The Income

You can massage your bartering skills in any number of ways but this article will consider only two of them. First, you barter for an item and a customer or friend wants the item but doesn’t want to barter.

You now are faced with a choice. Keep it or sell it. Being the astute business person you are, you sell it for its fair market value. Its fair market value, as you know, is above its barter value.

You have just created a win-win situation for you and your customer. The customer received the product and you received cash. And cash is still a good commodity to have in your possession no matter what the circumstances.

If you are a business owner, bartering lets you stretch your cash. Instead of paying for advertising, for example, you barter one or more of your products in return for the advertising.

These may seem like simple everyday activities that anyone can do. Not true. We’ve been groomed since we were children to put the items in the cart and queue at the checkout stand.

You have to be willing to step out of the mold and experiment. If you don’t try you won’t know if you can, or even want, to do it. What can it hurt? How much can it cost? The answer is nothing if you find it unpleasant or not worth your time.

Subsequently, you just move on and forget about it if you didn’t like it.

Barter Clubs are Even on The Internet

In this day and age, the Internet seems to be a great source for barter activity. There are online barter clubs just as there are offline barter clubs. While the nitty gritty details may be different, the principle is the same.

Bartering, by definition, does not change because the medium changes. It remains the trading of goods and/or services without the exchange of money. More often than not that is a good point for all barterers.

In my humble opinion, the without the exchange of money part deserves a bit more clarification.

Allow me to elucidate, it means money isn’t the main item exchanged in the transaction. Money could still very well be a part, albeit a small part, of the transaction.

On the other side of the coin money can also be a bigger part of the transaction too. As long as it isn’t the only item, offered up by one of the parties involved. Or even the majority of the value on one of the barterer’s part.

Because then it becomes a purchase. And that is something I am sure everyone who reads this article is quite familiar with.

Bartering Could Enhance Your or Someone Else’s Life

The beauty of being known as a person who will barter is it opens doors that otherwise may have remained closed. You see, a person who might prefer barter but is too timid to say so, will now open up to you.

This increases your opportunities to further develop your bartering skills into a healthy second income. Above all that is a good thing. No one I know would walk away from making extra money.

Moreover making money is certainly important as it buys us food, shelter and goodies. Barter may be the key that takes the shy person out of their shell and lets them blossom.

And I don’t actually know that for sure. But I’d bet my wife’s vacuum cleaner that it has the possibility to be the fuel they need to be more socially adept.



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Explain Investing And Finance

Explain Investing and Finance, Follow 5 Simple Rules For Both Investing and Finance

Topics on Tap Inside Explain Investing and Finance:

  1. Investing and Finance Rule Number 1
  2. Finance and Investing Rule Number 2
  3. Investing and Finance Rule Number 3
  4. Finance and Investing Rule Number 4
  5. Investing and Finance Rule Number 5
  6. FINAL THOUGHTS ON INV and FIN

Explain Investing And Finance

The two words investing and finance may send some people into a tail spin. But, for a relentless and determined mind, investing and finance can be mastered with relative ease. I firmly believe if you follow these 5 rules, or “general principles” if you will, you can become an instant expert.

Let me toss my experience into the ring so you know where I am coming from. I have actively practiced as a stock broker, real estate broker and mortgage banker. And, I also had an active seminar program in which I taught investing and finance.

I only tell you about my experience to let you know learning these fields can be done if it’s a genuine desire to learn. Never will I share my experience just for bragging purpose. I mentioned 5 general principles because in my opinion these principles should be applied to all investing and finance arenas. 

In order to make them work for you, all you need to do is add discipline to the mix. And that’s the discipline to put them in place and the discipline to follow them by exercising them at the correct times.

Subsequently, if you ask me, the first rule is blatantly obvious. So let’s get right into the thick of it.

Investing and Finance Rule Number 1

Pick a Strategy and Follow It

No one strategy will always be inherently better than any other. The reason no one strategy will always be better is because of the changing market dynamics. There are many ways to be successful in your investment arena. Different people will obviously use different methods to pick stocks.

For example, and all of these people will believe their method will successfully fulfill their investing goals.

Pick any other investing media and the same will hold true. Real estate, collectibles, automobiles, whatever, all require you to pick a strategy. Generally speaking, once you find your style, you probably want to stick with it for awhile. 

The second rule only sounds complicated. It actually becomes easier to do as you gain more confidence and experience in your investing method and style. And, the sooner you can master it, the sooner you will always have a profitable portfolio.

Finance and Investing Rule Number 2

You Should Always Sell the Losers and Let Winners Ride Out Their Course

And now it’s time for a quick explanation. However, I’m willing to bet you caught on to this one right away. Even though it comes across self explanatory I’ll give it a quick run down.

You’re going to sell the losers to preserve capital. You don’t want the asset to depreciate to zero. On the other side of the coin, you let the winners ride to as high a price as you believe it will go. Should you sell before it reaches the top NEVER, and I mean NEVER, bemoan the few dollars you let get away.
The road named the “Guaranteed Profit” road is paved by selling appreciated investments. Appreciated means they are worth more than you paid.

Which makes it obvious for once some appreciation isn’t a setup!

This just might be a real good thing after all!Your investment choice really doesn’t make any difference. For example, they could be stocks, homes, baseball cards or even collectibles. All of which have a value that goes up and down. Every investment has an up and down cycle. Your money is made when you sell high and buy low. And I’m willing to bet that’s another one you’ve heard before. 

Good thing I didn’t put it on this list, ey?

Investing and Finance Rule Number 3

Never, Never Ever Chase a Hot Tip

Number 3 is what I obviously decided to call the “hot tip” rule. The rule says to never, never ever chase a hot tip. Hot tips are another name for hot air in my personal opinion. Which in all fairness does come from a fair number of years experience. I believe a person should have more respect for their money. 

Another name for hot tip is insider secret. When stripped to the bone, both are shadows. Nobody ever caught a shadow.

Like other areas of your life, you have reasons, objectives and goals. Investing is no different, and should be treated no differently. It is important you know the reasons for doing so. As much as you possibly can, do your own research and analysis. This way you will feel more comfortable before you even consider making the investment. 

You probably have heard someone say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”  And, as it turns out, not only were they right, it’s also my next rule.

Finance and Investing Rule Number 4

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

When it comes to investing or your finance, don’t sweat the small stuff. And when I say don’t I mean Never. Stick to Rule Number 4 like glue. It will never do you wrong. And, just so you know, by “small stuff’ I mean regular and expected types of activity.

Stuff like; the ups and downs every market experiences from time to time, the short term side way swings or even a large block of stock hitting the market, etc. 

Even government treasuries have their ups and downs. In other words, don’t step over dollars to pick up dimes. You’ll be at least .90 cents poorer every time and it’ll be lucky if that’s all you lose replacing dollars with dimes. The next rule, rule number 5 is a little trickier than the first our. But just hang in there, I’ll make some sense out of this one. And if you’re real lucky after I make sense out of it, you’ll turn it into more than cents. 

Rule Number 5 

Focus on The Future and Adopt a Long-Term Perspective

Rule 5 could almost be coupled with rule number 4. This rule says to keep your focus on the future and adopt a long-term perspective. If you keep in mind that investing is really about trying to make informed decisions based on things that have yet to happen, you will maintain not only a sharp focus but a properly framed perspective.

Investing and finance have tendency to use past data as an indication of things to come. This isn’t always what happens but if you remember that what happens in the future is what matters most.

Successful investors base their decisions on future potential rather than on what has already happened in the past. The past serves merely as a guide post of the possibilities of the future, if these possibilities materialize.

I initially mentioned 5 general principles or rules as I like to call them. But after zipping right through the first 5 rules I’m feeling a little generous. I’m feeling like an extra rule is in order for you fine readers!

However, it’s not an actual rule per se, It’s more of what I like to call a “general principle”. And as a quick side note, Number 6 is pretty darn easy to say, but pretty darn hard to do. At least I always see the ladies and gentlemen new to investing have the hardest time with it. I have a theory why that is, but I’ll bore you with that another day. 

So Get Ready, Set, and Away We Go! 

Here comes the next rule which we’ll know as “General Principle 6”, and since I like to truncate things GP, 6!!

General Principle 6

A Person Should Always Keep an Open-Mind and a Short Memory

At least for the actual success of any given call, put or trade. Whether the last trade was a winner or a loser it doesn’t necessarily tell you anything about the next one. 

Remember, all markets, like I said above, have ups and downs. All markets have cycles. Keep an open mind and you will be able to maintain your focus and perspective.

Apply the 6 principles and you should be successful at avoiding becoming narrow minded and focused solely in one arena. There is potential in every market and every cycle. Maximize profits, minimize losses and investing and finance become extremely easy.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

**DISCLAIMER**

Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

Deadly Retirement Planning

Deadly Retirement Planning

Deadly Retirement Acts Analyzed in This Article:

Deadly Retirement Planning, Saving for Retirement, Retirement Savings
  1. Number One Deadly Planning for Retirement Act
  2. The Number Two Deadly Retirement Faux Pas
  3. Deadly Retirement Planning Act Number Three
  4. Deteriorating Health is Very Deadly By Itself
  5. Yet Another Deadly Act We Might Face
  6. Deadly Retirement Subjects in Summation

The Act of Deadly Retirement Planning

Deadly retirement planning is not an actual oxymoron. It almost seems like it has something to do with morons. But we don’t like to, or need to, be mean.

Believe it or not, it is an actual, real-life possibility. And, it is happening, as you read this, to far too many people. A quick side note, deadly retirement planning doesn’t refer to funeral services either. However, by not planning for your retirement years, you will certainly set your retirement in funeral mode.

And, if surveys by AARP and the federal government are correct, there are plenty of folks in this country called America not taking the upcoming retirement years into consideration. Some of them are at retirement age. Others are closing in on retirement age. 

Sadly, at that stage of the game, it is a bit too late to have the light come on. They need a better idea and they need it now.

Number One Deadly Retirement Planning Act

The number one deadly retirement planning act on the list is: Not saving enough. So, if all the surveys I have seen are correct, retirement won’t be the golden years for these people.

Those surveys, by the way, also tell us there are people who have nothing saved for retirement. Can you imagine having absolutely nothing saved for a day you know is coming? I mean it is YOUR life we are talking about.

The only income source they will be relying on every month is Social Security. Imagine dooming yourself to a monthly pittance of 1200 or so dollars per month as your nest egg.

Incomprehensible to say the least. But sadly enough, it’s very true.

Now, you ready for the double whammy? What if all the Doom and Gloom prophecies are correct? And Social Security actually runs out. Hopefully this coronavirus pandemic has opened more people’s eyes to living life in the danger zone.

Ugh. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m certainly not jealous of that potential train wreck. Unfortunately it could be you riding that train. Get off at the next station and start remedying your situation.

Number Two Deadly Retirement Planning Act

Coupled with not saving enough or anything at all is the act of draining your retirement savings. You’ve set up a plan and contributed regularly. That is the good part. You started off on the correct foot.

Then one day you decide to drain the account. Your intention is to replace the money next month, next year or in the future. You may even believe what you are telling yourself is true. 

Whether you really believe it or not, your retirement savings pool remains drained. You have entered the danger zone and can’t find a way out. You dug yourself a hole and forgot to stop digging.

How Did I Get Here?

You may be wondering how in the world a person can end up in this particular situation. Consequently, the answer, more than likely, lies in the fact those folks never calculated a retirement savings goal.

We could call this:

Deadly Retirement Planning Act Number Three

They probably never created or set a goal. Because they found it too daunting to calculate how much they will require in retirement. They simply were overcome by the number of variables with which they had to deal.

After all, nobody knows if they will get ill and incur huge medical bills. Nobody knows if they will require long term care. The one thing they knew for sure, i.e. they will get old, they ignored.

In other words, nobody knows the future. But for those who gave these variables serious consideration they created a retirement program that can adjust to them. It is a retirement program that says what if. It is a retirement program that is partially if not totally flexible to handle almost any situation presenting itself.

This doesn’t mean the worst will happen. It means it is addressed and hopefully remedied via the calculated retirement savings goal.

Deteriorating Health – A Deadly Act All By Itself

One thing we can count on when we age is deteriorating health. Our health usually doesn’t simply denigrate in one fell swoop. It happens over time. And when it does it brings along something called health costs.

Given today’s health costs deadly retirement planning could mean bankruptcy or worse for some folks. That is not a preferred position to be in especially when programs exist to mitigate these costs.

Certainly, it is no secret health costs have gone up substantially over the last 50 years. Google health costs and read the data for yourself. It’s staggering.

Nobody knows if this coronavirus pandemic will leave lingering health problems. What we do know, is that we can financially prepare today. Just in case they smack us in the wallet tomorrow.

This means with the trend being in the rise direction people retiring today will face rising health costs. Prepare. Act. Adjust your savings account and mentality.

Long Term Care – Another Deadly Act We Might Face

I mentioned long term care costs above. The costs vary by where you live. Big cities on both coasts have extremely high long term care costs. That doesn’t mean those of us who live in between the coasts have next to nothing costs.

The current monthly costs range from $5,000 per month to over $8,000 per month. That is in America’s heartland for those wondering where the costs are so low.

Notice I said per month and not per year. By the way, Medicare doesn’t pay for long term care. So if you thought they do, your thinking is wrong. Reread your Medicare pamphlets and you’ll get a rude awakening.

What does that mean? It means you need to become familiar and knowledgeable in this arena. For example, the surveys of long term care costs says the average per year cost is close to $90,000.

A Conclusion Worth Considering

Hence these deadly acts lead us to a conclusion that shouldn’t be ignored. At least for those folks who are thinking ahead. Therefore anyone not factoring in the woes and wows of growing old will always be looking in the window. Subsequently, watching all the people who did prepare like a hungry stranger.

So go get your affairs in order. Take steps to protect yourself should you suffer any type of diminished capacity. Moreover don’t fool yourself into thinking it can’t happen to me.

So who do you think represents those numbers in the surveys? Yep, me and thee as they say.

I am not a lawyer or even play one on TV. Consult with a competent legal professional about the legal instruments you probably should have already in place. At least some time before old age sets in place. Above all the earlier the better I’m told though.

These instruments include wills, powers of attorney, trusts, durable powers of attorney for health care, etc. Don’t fall victim to the deadly retirement planning traps. So get off your duff and smell the old age winds heading your way.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.

**DISCLAIMER**

Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

The Rainy Day Dime

The Rainy Day Dime

The rainy day dime isn’t a fancy theory that just got invented by a financial guru. It has been with us ever since humans figured out they must save for their retirement.

While that may be the case, I bet you never heard of the rainy day dime. That’s because it is a twist on one of my mother’s oft repeated pieces of advice. She would always tell me to save something for a rainy day.

The Rainy Day Dime, Saving Money for Retirement, Saving for retirement

She was telling me that some day I would be old. And trying to help me understand that if I didn’t have any money saved I’d regret it.The saving part in this process is painful for far too many of us.

And it turns out she was right. I needed to put money away for my stretch in the old age cycle of life or I’ll be SOL.

She was also big on acronyms.

Therefore, a catchy term first of all gets attention. Attention usually results in reading about it. Reading about it usually results in action taken.

Unfortunately for me I didn’t heed her advice until I turned 40. So apparently I was a slow learner. Boiled down to its most basic property the rainy day dime is me and you saving ten percent of every dollar we make.

That’s it. End of story. Unless of course you want to learn what is the secret sauce underpinning your dime.

Like all good programs secret sauce must be an ingredient, or why do it? And, it is the secret sauce that turns the rainy day dime into a huge rain barrel of dollars. And above all else, that’s a really good thing.

A Rainy Dime is How Secret Sauce is Made?

The financial experts tell us to start at an as early as possible age. And not to wait until we are 40 or 50 or later. So, this article is an attempt to spur you into saving something at an early as possible age. If you are 20, start now. For example, if you are 30 you should have a ten year savings track record by now. And if you are 40 you should have a 20 year track record.

And no, I won’t keep going up by ten year increments. I’m sure you get the picture. Besides you can do that in your own mind without any help from me.
The title of this article is, “The Rainy Day Dime”.

All you’ve heard about so far is the rainy day. Where’s the dime, right?

The dime actually refers to the number 10 as expressed as a percentage as in 10%. That may be cute but at the same time it is also dead serious. Take a minute to think about it.

For example, say you put away a dime from every dollar you earned each and every month. To make the math easy let’s say you earned $2000 a month. If you multiply $2000 by 10% it means you put away $200 every month.

Let’s say that $200 never earned a penny in interest and you started when you were 20. Quick math tells me you’d have $108000 in your savings account at the age of 65. Now imagine that number. Moreover, can you visualize that number?

You didn’t do a darned thing except save and it grew like the weeds in your garden. Because most of us want to have a bigger nest egg we do not place our money in non-interest bearing accounts. Why would we do something as dumb as putting money in non-interest bearing accounts, correct?
Therefore, we make an attempt to find the best interest bearing account for our money.

This article isn’t meant to zero in on any particular account. It is meant to add the magic sauce to the already magic rainy day dime.

So, Compound Interest Makes Secret Sauce?

That sauce is called compound interest. If you do not know what compound interest is go to your favorite search engine and perform a bit of research. It is truly The 8th Wonder of The World.

Compounding happens on an annual basis with most savings accounts. Mathematically speaking if you place $1000 into your account and it is paying 8% at the end of the year your account balance will be $1080 ($1000 X 8% = $80. $1000+ $80 = $1080).

In the second year and beyond the compounding factor, in this case the interest rate, is applied against the balance. It looks like this: $1080 X 8% = $86.40. The $86.40 is added to the $1080 giving you a new balance of$1166.40. This happens year after year after year.

I’ll let you do the math for the next 43 years in this scenario. Or, use one of the compounding formulas on the Internet. Either way you will experience what is commonly called the WOW factor.

Some Final Thoughts

You know, when you see the balance at the end of the 45 year time period you say, or shout, WOW! Of course not all of us have a time line of 45 years. If you start when you are 40, you only have 25 years.

This means you have to increase your deposit amount from a dime to thirty or forty cents in order to enjoy the WOW factor. Regardless, you can still call that amount your rainy day dime.

So, get out there and start saving for retirement. Or at least a rainy day.



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