Let me tell you the story of four college friends, who became millionaires when they retired.
The first friend, Aga Maaga, immediately started saving at age 21. He began saving P2,000 per month and investing it at 12% per year. After six years, he had a mini-reunion with two of his friends.
He told his friends, “Wow! I saved only P24,000 per year for six years, for a total of P144,000. But thanks to the power of compounding, my accumulated balance is now P218,13! But I am getting married already, and I can’t afford to save anymore, so I will stop saving.”
His two friends, Inna Sakana and Pol Pahabol said “Wow! We’re 27 years old already, but we want to start now! We will begin saving P2,000 per month too, and invest the savings at 12%”
The three friends met again six years later, and compared their portfolio.
All three friends saved P2,000 per month, or P24,000 per year for six years for a total of P144,000. But Aga Maaga already had P430,562 after 12 years, while both Inna Sakana and Pol Pahabol had P218,136, just like Aga Maaga six years earlier!
They noted Aga Maaga‘s investment was already P430,562, or almost twice their P218,136!
Inna Sakana said “I will also get married, and have to stop saving. Maybe my investment will grow like Aga Maaga”
Pol Pahabol said, “I want to catch up with Aga Maaga, so I will keep on saving and investing, until my accumulated investments exceed Aga Maaga‘s”
The three friends met many years later, when they reached 60 years old. They compared their portfolios.
At age 60, Aga Maaga, after saving P144,000 from age 21 to 26, and waiting till age 60, had P10,283,493 in his portfolio. His money grew 71 times from age 21 to age 60!
At age 60, Inna Sakana, after saving P144,000 from age 27 to 32, and waiting till age 60, had P5,209,938 in his portfolio, about half of what Aga Maaga had! The only difference in their investment strategy, is that Inna Sakana began saving six years later!
Pol Pahabol observed that because he kept on saving and investing, his portfolio grew faster and through the years, he was slowly catching up with Aga Maaga. Finally, at age 59, he finally had more than Aga Maaga. At age 60, after saving P816,000 over 33 years from age 27 to 60, he had P10,335,924 in his portfolio, his money grew only 13 times compared to Aga’s 71 times!
Inna Sakana said “Hay naku, nakakainggit si Aga! Pareho lang ang aming na-invest, pero nahuli lang ako ng 6 years, tapos P5M ang diperensiya, kalahati lang ang aking investment ikumpara sa kanya?
Pol Pahabol said “Hay naku, ang hirap naman habulin ni Aga! Grabe! He saved and invested P24,000 a year for only 6 years, or P144,000! And I invested P24,000 a year for 33 years or P816,000! Tapos halos pareho lang pala kami?”
Then their fourth friend, Loi Tuloytuloy joined them. He said, that like Aga Maaga, he started saving P2,000 per month or P24,000 per year at age 21. Like Pol Pahabol, he continued saving P24,000 per year until age 60.
At age 60, he had P20,619,417, or about the same amount as Aga Maaga and Pol Pahabol combined!
Who is your role model? Who would you like to copy?
Si Loi Tuloytuloy?
Si Aga Maaga?
Si Pol Pahabol?
O si Inna Sakana?
We’d all like to be like Loi Tuloytuloy, and accumulate P20,619,417, but if not we should be like Aga Maaga, who started early!
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