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You've taken several important steps to save for retirement. Now, it's very important for you to keep saving.

The power of compound interest

Money you save in a savings, retirement, or other account can earn interest or investment earnings. When you leave the money there, over time you can also earn interest on your interest, or earnings on your earnings. Although this sounds like a slow process, once you get started it can result in some impressive growth in the money you’ve saved or invested over the long haul. Compounding interest means that even if you start with $1,000 but never deposit anything else, and earn interest each year, your money will multiply over time.

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For example:

20 year old who saves $1,000 a year for 11 years in a row, then stops but leaves it there to earn 7% interest, will have $168,514 at age 65.

However, a 30 year old who starts saving $1,000 a year for 35 years, also earning 7% will have only $147,913 at age 65. Even though the 30 year old has put in more money for more years, it has less time to earn that compound interest.

Here are some additional examples of how $1,000 is compounded over time, and at different interest rates. Clearly, more time and higher interest rates both help your money grow.

2%Interest 4%Interest 6%Interest 8%Interest
10Years $1,219 $1,481 $1,791 $2,159
20Years $1,486 $2,191 $3,207 $4,661
30Years $1,811 $3,243 $5,743 $10,063

A lifetime of investing pays off!

Investing a little each month in your new Roth IRA can result in a surprising amount of growth over the years.

Every month, if I save in a Roth IRA which earns an average of per year over the next years, I’ll save a total of .
Adjust the values to see how savings add up over time.

While based on real data, the example calculations on this site are for demonstration purposes only and actual results will differ. The compound interest calculator assumes that interest is compounded monthly.

Another way to save: Saver’s Tax Credit

People who save for retirement in a Roth IRA, and who also make less than a certain amount, may be eligible to claim the Saver’s Tax Credit when they file their taxes each year.

The more you save in a Roth IRA, the larger your potential tax savings. Read more about the Saver’s Tax Credit.