With a little money now, you can see huge returns in the future. The five-for-one stock split announced Tuesday won’t change how much Tesla’s business is worth, but will automatically reduce the price of its shares by 80% and could spark a rally. University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank delivered a sobering message Wednesday about the state’s flagship campus as the fall semester looms, saying “we’re in a real financial crisis” due to the coronavirus pandemic. Big gains showed up across the entire market.
You need to start investing now. That advice might seem counterintuitive considering how volatile the stock market has been in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s true. Even in these extraordinary circumstances, you can see your investments grow and set yourself up for a bright future.
Learn more about why you should be investing right now if you’re trying to figure out what to do with your money.
Last updated: Aug. 12, 2020
After the S&P 500 reached the brink of disaster in late March — and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1,800 points in June — you might have been tempted to sell all your investments and stash your money under your mattress. But don’t let these major dips rattle you. The truth is that investing is about the long term.
Adam Seessel, a portfolio manager, recently warned readers of Fortune about the dangers of “Chicken Little” thinking. Even though it might seem like the sky is falling right now, a business’ value is based on the long term.
The stock market has mostly recovered from those panic-inducing moments earlier this year, proving that the market will pretty much always return to normal — it might just take a while.
Compound interest refers to the process of earning interest on top of interest and it can greatly amplify your lifelong earnings. If you start with $1,000, earn 10% interest per year for 30 years and then withdraw the interest earnings at the end of every year, you’ll end up with $17,449.40. Even in just 20 years, you’ll have $6,727.50. That’s pretty good for just $1,000.
Compound interest is a powerful force, but it takes time. The sooner you start investing, the better.
A lot of stocks are cheap right now. If you’ve been waiting to dip your toes into investing, or if you’ve been eyeing a particular stock, now might be a good time to pick it up.
It’s the stock market, so there is no guarantee things will go your way, but if you pay attention to diversity and research your options, you could pick a winner — or several.
Things might look bleak, but many businesses are already demonstrating signs of recovery, while others are fairly consistent no matter what’s going on. Apple, Amazon and Google are a few examples of stocks that tend to weather the storm. Some businesses are even thriving because of the pandemic, like Zoom, which makes video conferencing software.
If trying to choose specific companies is stressful, consider investing in a mutual fund. Mutual funds are professionally managed, affordable and diverse. In other words, your eggs aren’t all in one basket.
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The best investment plan is one that leaves room for error. The sooner you invest, the more time you have to recover from investment mistakes or an economic crisis. If you put all your money in the stock market right before a crash, you’ll have time to earn back that money — and more — if you start in your 20s. A 60-year-old investor, on the other hand, might never recover.
Want to make investing less painful? Invest while you are young. If you want $1 million in your account by the time you retire at age 65, you’ll have to sock away $2,622.81 per month at 10% annual interest to hit your goal if you start at age 50. If you begin saving at age 20, that monthly contribution will drop to $115.92. While you’re likely to be earning more money at age 50 than at age 20, many people have the wiggle room to set aside less than $116 to become a millionaire in retirement. If not, find out what wiggle room you do have and get the ball rolling.
Even if it’s later in life, it’s never too late to start. Invest in the stock market in ways that make sense and put away money you don’t plan to use for a while. Pair that with a smart savings plan and you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Financial education in the United States still has a long way to go. While plenty of information is available on the internet and from investment advisors, basic financial education still isn’t a mandatory requirement at most schools. While you can learn the basics of investing in a relatively short time, becoming an expert could take months, decades or even your entire life.
The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be on your way to grasping the intricacies of stock price movements, the relationship between bonds and stocks and what risk and reward really mean when it comes to investments.
One of the witticisms that market pundits like to espouse is that “the best time to invest is now.” No one knows what the market is going to do from day to day. Over time, however, the stock market tends to follow the growth of corporate earnings, which in turn tends to trend upward over time.
If you invest regularly, the ups and downs of the market smooth out over time. If you start a regular investment plan now, it will soon become a habit. Before long, you’ll accept that part of your paycheck goes toward your investments.
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Lisa Brown recently reported in an article for CNBC that investors of every age can — and should — own stocks. You just need to consider how long you have until you’ll need to withdraw your savings.
In general, Brown suggests you’ll want:
- 80% of your investments in stocks when you’re in your 20s and 30s
- 70% of your investments in stocks when you’re in your 40s and 50s
- 40%-60% of your investments in stocks when you’re in your 60s and 70s
You may even want some stocks into your 80s and beyond, depending on whether you’re planning to leave money to your heirs.
Now is also a great time to consider how diversified you are. Do you have all your retirement funds in your 401(k)? Maybe it’s time to start a Roth IRA. Or it could be time to look at a new ETF or mutual fund.
A survey from Personal Capital found that those with three or more types of retirement income were far more likely to feel prepared. Look at your current investments and see where there’s room to grow.
Investing in 2020 is much different than investing in 2010. The “fintech” revolution is in full swing, and there are a multitude of technologically advanced ways to invest that your parents and grandparents could only dream about when they were 20. Robo-advisors such as Betterment allocate your money across a portfolio of funds suited for your investment objectives and risk tolerance. Automated transfers are offered by nearly every investment house and let you automatically divert a portion of your paycheck to a designated investment account.
A successful investment portfolio consists of more than just saving 10% or 15% of your paycheck. Over time, a sound financial foundation is built on having a multitude of financial bases covered.
Many financial experts recommend building an emergency fund to cover three to six months’ worth of expenses. After that, start saving for what your particular goals are, from college (for you or your children) to retirement or vacations. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be ahead of the game for each savings bucket.
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The market leads the economy, not the other way around. This is important to keep in mind if you’re hesitant about investing because the economy and the stock market seem drastically different.
In particular, the stock market acts as a “leading indicator” to the economy, according to a CNBC article by senior money writer Megan Leonhardt. This means that typically the market will start declining before a recession is noticeable, and it will start recovering months before the recession ends. It’s a good sign that the market has bounced back as quickly as it has.
This recession is also unique in that it was caused by something specific: the coronavirus. There’s been more economic help from the government and it will likely end when a vaccine is found. There’s no way to know when it will end, but it will end.
A recession might feel like forever. In reality, they typically last less than two years, according to Forbes.
In fact, in the 33 business cycles since 1854, the average length of a recession is roughly 1 1/2 years. But that number is jacked up a bit by the Great Depression, which extended over 3 1/2 years; the second-longest recession — in 2008 — lasted around 1 1/2 years, which tells you that it’s typical for them to be even shorter than that.
In comparison, periods of economic growth tend to last, on average, 3.2 years.
So, it might take a little time to see significant returns on your investments, and that’s okay. But it won’t be forever. Choose your stock market investments with the long term in mind.
“Fortunes are going to be made out of this time,” said Suze Orman on CNBC. Her advice was to take advantage of the current low stock prices and not to panic if you currently have money invested.
Orman said that there’s no way to know the top or the bottom of the market. The best advice is to not panic and continue to invest as you normally would. If you don’t normally invest, now’s a great time to start.
The simple act of saving money can be far less painful when you start sooner rather than later. Start with setting aside what you can each month. When you get a raise or change jobs, take the increase in income and set that aside too.
Automatic savings tools can make the process easy. Many banks have automated savings, and robo-advisors do as well. With a robo-advisor, you can also automate your investments.
Ideally, you’d start with your first paycheck, but any start is a good one. Consider saving 15% of your earnings if you can.
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To say things are unusual right now would be an understatement. Now is a good time to take a close look at your finances. Consider your income, your expenses and your goals.
Chances are, there are financial goals you’re still working on. Investing now can help make big financial goals achievable. Whether you’re saving for college, saving to retire as soon as possible or saving to pass money on to family, investing now gives you a chance to take advantage of future growth.
Risk is an inherent part of investing. Often, however, with greater risk comes the potential for greater rewards. By starting sooner, you can afford to take greater risks to earn higher returns. If things go bad for you, you have time to kick in additional savings and wait for the markets to recover. If things turn out well, taking that additional risk while still young could result in a larger-than-expected investment nest egg.
The pandemic has hit families in different ways. Some are finding that not having a commute and cooking more is leading to some savings. If you’re finding you have more in your pocket than usual, investing in stocks could be a smart choice.
You can turn the money you’re saving into a nest egg for the long term and pick up stocks at lower-than-usual prices.
The easiest way to get started investing is to participate in your employer’s 401(k) plan. This type of investment is easy to automate, usually offers a variety of diversified investment options and often comes with an employer match, which is essentially free money. From there, you can try to increase your savings in other types of accounts such as brokerage accounts or high-yield savings accounts. The key is to start saving as much as you can as soon as you can.
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Tesla plans 5-for-1 stock split; shares have tripled so far this year
By Michael Liedtke
Aug 12, 2020 7:55 AM
The sun shines off the rear deck of a roadster on a Tesla dealer’s lot on April 15, 2018, in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado. Tesla stock will split five for one at the end of August 2020. (David Zalubowski/AP)
SAN RAMON, CALIF. — Tesla will split its stock for the first time in its history so more investors can afford to buy a stake in the electric car pioneer following a meteoric rise in its market value.
The five-for-one stock split announced Tuesday won’t change how much Tesla’s business is worth, but will automatically reduce the price of its shares by 80% when it’s completed Aug. 31.
The sharp drop in price per shares creates a wider universe of potential investors and also often has the psychological effect of making it seem as if a stock is on sale. Those factors often spark rallies after a split is announced. For instance, Apple’s stock price has surged by 14% since the iPhone maker disclosed a four-for-one split less than two weeks ago.
Now, it appears Tesla is about about benefit from the same phenomenon. The company’s shares surged 6% to $1,459 in extended trading after the news about the split came out.
It marks the first time that Tesla has split its stock since the Palo Alto, California, company went public at $17 per share a decade ago. Any investor who bought $10,000 worth of stock at that IPO price and would now have stock worth about $860,000.
The rapid run-up in Tesla’s stock has been propelled by a widening belief that the company has fixed its past manufacturing problems. It is also seen as moving to widen the appeal of its vehicles beyond the luxury niche with a series of new models.
The company’s financial turnaround has qualified Musk for two lucrative awards valued at nearly $3 billion since May.
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UW-Madison Chancellor: ‘We’re in a real financial crisis’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank delivered a sobering message Wednesday about the state’s flagship campus as the fall semester looms, saying “we’re in a real financial crisis” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
How bad the crisis will be depends on several factors, Blank said in an online presentation at the Rotary Club of Madison. Those include whether students who are enrolled for the fall semester actually show up, how deep state budget cuts are and whether the Legislature gives the university the authority to borrow money.
“We’re facing some very serious issues and we’re working them out day to day,” Blank said.
Blank projected the loss to UW-Madison to be around $150 million with a full student body this fall. The loss will be greater if fewer students return who have committed and if state budget cuts worsen, she said. For now, the university is on track to have its target of around 7,400 freshmen on campus, she said.
“I will believe this when I actually see everyone on campus and registered come the first of September,” Blank said.
The university system was cut nearly $49 million out of a $70 million reduction across state government ordered by Gov. Tony Evers this spring. Evers ordered an additional $250 million cut for the current fiscal year, which began in July, but UW does not know its share yet. Blank said university leaders, including former governor and interim UW President Tommy Thompson, were urging Evers to not have UW shoulder two-thirds of the cut like it did in the previous round.
“You cannot cut the budget on the back of higher education in this state,” Blank said. “That will be a disaster for the state in the long run. … We are arguing strongly that we’ve already given at the office and we should have a lower percentage in this next round, but we’ll see what happens.”
Blank said there will be more furloughs and budget cuts beyond those already announced, but the severity of those won’t be known until after fall enrollment numbers are final. Thompson announced Tuesday that there will be a 10% cut in UW System administration employees who are state funded, resulting in an unknown number of layoffs.
Thompson was also lobbying state lawmakers for the ability to borrow money, something Blank said every other flagship campus across the country is able to do.
“We have to have that to get through this next year,” she said.
Wisconsin’s coronavirus cases have been on the rise since mid-June, mirroring spikes across the country. To date, there were more than 62,00 confirmed cases and 1,011 deaths.
Despite everyone’s best efforts to keep the campus open for students, there’s always the possibility it will have to shut down again like it did in March due to the outbreak, Blank said.
“We’re going to have infections this fall. Everyone is going to have infections this fall,” she said. “Is there a situation under which we would have to close? Absolutely.”
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Stock Markets Bounce Back, but Cruise Ship Stocks Start to Write Off 2020
Wednesday was a good day on Wall Street, with none of the recent divided markets that we’ve seen frequently over the past few weeks. Enthusiasm about the potential for another coronavirus stimulus package, along with prospects for a viable COVID-19 vaccine, helped give market participants the green light to push ahead with gains. Just before 11 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) was up 295 points to 27,981. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^SPX) rose 46 points to 3,380, and the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^COMP) leapt 204 points to 10,987.
Yet the mood wasn’t positive for every single sector of the market. In particular, for cruise ship stocks, even a more broadly upbeat outlook for the overall economy hasn’t made it clear whether ships will be able to set sail anytime soon. In fact, it looks like some operators are essentially giving up on 2020 and hoping they can start 2021 off on the right foot.
The stock performance for companies across the cruise industry was downbeat Wednesday. Carnival (NYSE:CCL) shares were down 5%, while Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) matched the 5% decline and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) fell 4%.
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Of note today, a second Carnival-owned cruise line, Holland America, has said that it won’t try to launch any sailings of its vessels before mid-December. Princess Cruises had said earlier it would defer all voyages until Dec. 15.
Other companies haven’t yet pulled the trigger on further delays. Yet even waiting until November, which is the current strategy for Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, comes with huge financial costs. Fixed expenses continue to burn cash from cruise ship operators’ balance sheets, and the longer the companies wait to reopen, the more they’ll have to rely on outside financing to stay afloat.
So far, though, investors have been willing to pony up. Royal Caribbean’s shares actually spiked higher briefly before the market opened Wednesday morning on news that it had secured a $700 million term loan from Morgan Stanley. The one-year loan carries an interest rate 3.75 percentage points above the standard short-term benchmark interest rate, and while that’s fairly expensive, it’s not as bad as rates on some of the longer-term financing cruise ship operators have found recently.
Nevertheless, there’s likely a limit to how far investors will go to support cruise ship stocks. One ominous sign is that passengers have been less willing to accept credits toward future cruises when current cruises get canceled, instead asking for cash refunds back in their pockets. That will result in cruise lines having less cash on their balance sheets, which in turn could reduce willingness among would-be lenders to allow further borrowing.
To be fair, today’s drop in cruise lines follows healthy returns earlier this week. In that context, a pullback seems reasonable. Yet there are also continuing fundamental challenges that could prevent cruise operators from bouncing back the way shareholders currently hope. If Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean can’t get back to sea soon, their stocks might never fully recover — no matter how well the broader stock market does.
Author: Dan Caplinger