Good question to show the power of compounding...of course be sure to tell them that no investment would double on a daily basis for 30 days;) Calculators not allowed!
Answer: Starting with a penny and doubling it every day compounds to $10.7 million after 30 days
Day 1: You would have $0.02
Day 2: You would have $0.04
Day 3: You would have $0.08
Day 4: You would have $0.16...
Day 30: You would have $10,737,418.24.
- How much would the penny have grown to on Day 29? How much did the value increase between Day 29 and Day 30?
- Now apply this concept to your own savings..is it better to start saving early (e.g., starting at age 20 and saving for 30 years) or waiting until your life is more stable (start saving at age 30 and saving for 20 years). Use the example of the penny doubling to explain your answer.
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Behind the numbers:
Here's the spreadsheet with the calculations.
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