Index investing may not be as attractive as choosing your own stocks and watching them go up and down but it will get you a good and consistent return over a period of time. A thousand dollars invested in a stock market index fund that earns 11% on average per year will grow to $13,585 in 25 years. Similarly, just $500 invested every year will grow to $8,400 in 10 years, $57,200 in 25 years. Over the years that you invest, the average annual return might be 9% or 13%.
There are many people who get paid vast amounts of money to become the CEO of a company, play professional sports, or star in a movie. Earning a high active income is often a lot of hard work and requires a dedication beyond most of us. It’s also limited because no matter how much money you get paid you still need to show up to work to earn your money.