This is quite typical of the questions that I am asked:
How do I turn $20k, to $50k, to $100k, to $300k, to $1m etc. through the process of investment in different markets and/or general investing whether it be in an idea, or business.
Who could argue with a nice, smooth progression like this?
However, our reader is missing two things in her question: 1. time frame and 2. an objective.
With the “etc.” on the end and the jumps of 2x to 3x between the values in this series, I am assuming that her plan is to keep going past $1 million to $3 million and then to $10 million (or more).
Also, I will assume that she plans to take 2 years for each ‘jump’ i.e. from $20k to $50k, $50k to $100k, $100k to $300k, and $300k to $1million … an 8 year period in total.
A few minutes with an online compound growth rate calculator (http://www.investopedia.c
Shooting for $10 million in 12 years increases the required return to 68% and stretching her time frame to 3 years between ‘jumps’ reduces her required return to a ‘more manageable’ 40% annual return.
Now, what to invest in for that kind of return?
The reason for the higher returns as you work your way down the table is: higher risk + more hands on + leverage of time (using Other People’s Time) + leverage of money (using Other People’s Money).
No ‘passive’ investments allowed …
Who ever said it was going to be easy?!