If you retired in 1990 and invested $100,000 in the stock market (S & P 500 Index), and then you started taking out $5,000 each and every year for the next 25 years (until the end of 2015)…. how much money would be left over?
Would there be anything left at all? Remember, you took out $125,000 during that time. Would there still be at least the original $100,000?
Actual Final Account Balance: $640,748
I am not making that up. The media makes it sound like investing is almost like gambling. It is not. It is prudent and responsible to have you money work for you.
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