How have I dealt with adversity, hard times and failure?

We are going from strength to strength at adamfayed.com, having a record year in 2020, after huge increases (records) in 2018 and 2019.

Yet not every year in business, or life, has been easy. In the video below I speak about how I dealt with such times, and some tips I learnt:

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Further Reading

In the article below, I discuss:

  • What are inverse ETFs in 2021? What are the best inverse ETFs in 2021 or beyond? I explain below why the answer is……none of them! 
  • If you invest $1,000 a month into the stock market every month, how long until you can become a millionaire? You might be shocked by the answer to this one, and the maths behind it! 
  • Are technology stocks more volatile than normal stocks? Is this volatility a problem if you are a long-term investor? Also, should we make a clear distinction between individual technology stocks and the Nasdaq as an index, which is tech-focused?

Below is a preview of one of the answers

I will give you some maths/statistics later on which will shock most people…..even some people who have read a lot about investing.

Before doing that, it has to be mentioned that the answer depends on the following variables:

  • How the stock markets perform? You can’t control this one and nobody can predict this for sure.
  • More specifically, which years market perform after you get started. More on that below.
  • If you are looking at $1million in nominal terms or real terms after inflation.

Let’s take the S&P500 as an example. It has given investors about 11.1% since 1950, adjusted for dividend reinvestment.

That is over 7% per year adjusted for inflation.

Yet some periods, like the 1990s and 2010-present, are better than that, and some are much worse.

There have been some decades where it has given 0%. Other decades where it has done as much as 16%-18% adduced for dividend reinvestment.

Let’s imagine the S&p500 did exactly 11.1% every year.

It won’t happen but just let’s do this as an exercise.

It would take you about 21.5 years in that case to become a millionaire in nominal terms, 27 years to reach 2 million, 31 years to reach 3 million.

It will take you 40 years to reach 8 million and about 42.5 years to reach $10 million.

The speed in which you would accumulate wealth at the later years would accelerate due to compounding.

Of course, if inflation is running at 2% per year, it will take you longer to reach those thresholds.

However, as mentioned, that won’t happen.

So let’s look at two different example scenarios to illustrate a point:

Example scenario 1.

You invest $1,000 a month consistently with no lump sum injections.

Years 1–5 you get 0% per year.

Years 6–10 you get 2% per year

Years 11–20 you get 17.7% adjusted for dividends reinvested.

In this case you have reached millionaire status in 20 years. 1.5 years quicker than the constant 11.1% example given above.

Example scenario 2

You invest $1,000 a month consistently with no lump sum injections.

Years 1–10 you get 17.7% adjusted for dividends reinvested.

From year 11 onwards you get 2% per year

Do you know how many years it will take you to become a millionaire in this situation……37–38 years.

Yes 37–38 years.Almost a decade longer than in example scenario one.

If you don’t believe check out this calculator – Compound Interest Calculator

Here is example scenario one:

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