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Make More Money

No need for a resume makeover. This year, you can make more out of the money you already have. Use the power of the stock market to make your money multiply faster. Using the stock market's average return during this century, a $1,000 initial investment grows like this:

1 year:
$1,110
10 years:
$2,839
20 years:
$8,062
30 years:
$22,892
40 years:
$65,001
50 years:
$184,565

Feeling flush yet?

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Be average. If that sounds absurd, just peruse the numbers above one more time. If you've got five years or longer before you need your investment reserves, an index mutual fund — which merely tracks the market's average returns — may be the first, last, and even only investment you need. It's easy to invest in one. What are you waiting for, Mr. Moneybags?

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