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Building Wealth by Avoiding Emotional Errors

Published on Proactive Advisor Magazine June 23, 2021

Emotional investing errors are a significant impediment to building wealth over the long term. What are two of the most debilitating errors, and how can financial advisors help their clients avoid them?

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Regular contributions drive wealth

Many investors wait until they have “enough” money or for when it’s “a good time” to invest in the market. Making regular contributions regardless of these concerns is one of the most powerful ways to build wealth.

Figure 1 highlights the value to individuals of making regular contributions compared to periodic contributions over 10-, 20- and 30-year periods. Even though the same principal amount is invested, the result is dramatically different—with nearly twice the wealth creation.


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Note: 10-year return is 1991–2000, 20-year return is 1991–2010, and 30-year return is 1991–2020. Periodic = investing $100,000 every 10 years. Annual = investing $10,000 annually.

Sources: AthenaInvest Inc. and S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC

Figure 1 highlights two investors over a 30-year period: annual investor A (who invests $10,000 every year) and periodic investor B (who invests $100,000 at the end of every 10 years). Regular contributions benefit from investing earlier and the subsequent compounding. Over longer periods, the results are dramatic with roughly twice the wealth creation for 10-, 20- and 30-year periods.

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