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    Article courtesy of GreenPath(TM), a partner of ECU, offering ECU members access to free and confidential financial wellness counselors and resources. 


    The earlier you start saving, the more you will benefit from compounding dividend.  This is the dividend earned on dividends payments already built up in an investment fund.  The earlier you begin, the larger your nest egg will grow.

    Here’s an example of two friends, Grace and Drew, who had different savings strategies.  Grace saved $1,000 a year for 10 years, starting at age 25.  Drew saved $1,000 a year for 25 years, starting at age 40.  Both earned the same 8 percent return.

    Who ended up with more money at age 65?  It had to be Drew, right?  Wrong.  Grace benefited from her head start and the power of compounding.  Here’s the breakdown:



    Began saving at 25

    Began saving at 40

    Saved for 10 years

    Saved for 25 years

    Age now is 65

    Age now is 65

    Total saved: $10,000

    Total saved: $25,000

    Savings grew to $157,435.17

    Savings grew to $78,954.42

    Totals assume $1,000 savings is made at the beginning of each year.

    Need to talk to a financial counselor about saving money?  As a member of ECU, you can take advantage of the GreenPath Financial Wellness program, a free financial education and counseling program.  GreenPath counselors are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST), Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To use this service, simply call 1-877-337-3399 or visit them on the web at www.greenpath.com


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