In 1626, Peter Minuit was said to have bought the Manhattan Island from the local Indian inhabitants for a load of cloth, beads, hatchets, and other odds and ends then worth 60 Dutch guilders equating to around $24. If that amount was invested instead at 8% return annually and left to compound (grow) how much would it be now (2010)?
- What if only half of the income (4%) was invested and the other half spent every year?
- What if all the 8% return was spent every year while leaving only $24 principal intact ?
$164 trillion, $83 million, $24.
(You may email Ms. HeaRty for the formula)
Above you can see the effects of compounding; itâ€™s basically return on return, interest on interest. It is the way creatures multiply so fast and wealth increases over time.
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