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Why You Should Be Aggressive In Your Investments At Age 40



Many people consider 40 to be a crucial age. This is often the time when many people start to consider their retirement plans and whether they are on track to reach their financial goals. This is also the time to be more aggressive with our investments. Why? We have less time to compensate for losses. This blog post will explain why you should be more aggressive with your investments after 40. We will also share some tips to help you do this without taking too much risk.

The power of compounding

Compounding refers to the process of earning interest on an investment and then reinvesting that money to earn more interest. This can have a significant impact on your investment growth over time.

Let’s take, for example, $10,000 invested at a 10% annual return. You’ll earn $1,000 interest over the course of a year for a total of $11,000. Reinvest the $1,000 in interest and you’ll get 10% back on your $11,000 investment. This is an additional $100 in interest income.

This process can yield impressive results if it is continued for several years. If you reinvest your interest every year for 10 years, your $10,000 investment will increase to more than $67,000. It can be a life-changing amount of money if you are able to reinvest for at least 20 years.

If you haven’t already started compounding your returns with your investments, it is time to do so. You can compound your returns and invest earlier than you think. Don’t wait!

The Rule of 72

The Rule of 72 can be used to determine how long it takes for an investment to double. Simply divide 72 by your expected return rate on your investment. If you are expecting your investments to earn 8%, it will take 9 years for them (72/8 = 9) to double.

This rule is very useful as it allows you to quickly and easily estimate the time it will take for an investment to grow. This rule can be used to compare investments. If one investment has a 10% expected return and another has a 5% expected return, it would take 7.2 years for the first investment (72/10 = 7.2) and 14.4 years for the second (72/5 = 14.4).

The Rule of 72 can be a useful tool but it is only an estimate. Your actual investment returns may vary from year to year, so the Rule of 72 is not a guarantee.

Investing in the Long Term

There are two main strategies for investing: long-term and short-term. Short-term investors are focused on making quick profits by selling and buying stocks in a short time. Long-term investors on the other side are more patient and hold onto stocks for many years, if not decades, to maximize their returns.

Both approaches have their pros and cons, but if your portfolio is young and you are just beginning your investment journey, you should be more aggressive in your investments. Here’s why:

1. You have more time on your side

Being young has the greatest advantage: you have more time. Time is the most important factor in investing success. The stock will grow and compound over time if you are invested for a longer period of time. Long-term investors are more successful than their short-term counterparts in the long term.

2. You can afford to take on more risk

Being young has another advantage: you are able to take on more risk in your investments. Because you have many years to recover any short-term losses, this is a benefit of being young. Young investors who take a more aggressive approach to their investments are often rewarded with larger portfolios than those who adopt a more conservative approach.


Diversification has many benefits, especially for investments.

Diversification allows you to spread your risk among different investment strategies and asset classes. If one investment fails, the overall portfolio can still achieve positive returns.

Diversification can also help you reach your financial goals faster. Diversification is important because different investments perform differently at different times. You can make multiple income streams by investing in different assets.

There are risks and no investment strategy is perfect. Diversification can reduce these risks and increase your chances of success over the long term.

Risk Tolerance

Risk tolerance is influenced by your age. You have more time to recover losses from bad investments if you’re younger. It is generally advised that young investors are more aggressive with their investments.

Why? Because they are able to take on more risk. They can recover quickly from short-term losses, and still be ahead long-term. They can also afford to take on more risk as they are still building their retirement nest egg to possibly earn higher returns.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that all young people should invest their savings in high-risk ventures. It does mean they can take on a little more risk than someone older and closer to retirement.

If you are young and want to invest, don’t be afraid of taking risks. You could be rewarded in the long term!


You should be aggressive with your investments after 40. There are many reasons. You likely have a higher level of income than when you were younger so you are able to take on more risk. You will likely have more knowledge and experience in investing so that you can make better investment decisions. Time is your friend. The longer you invest the more you can make up for any losses. If you want to maximize your returns, this is the right time!

Teacher-turned online blogger, Shirley is a full-time backyard homesteader based in Virginia. When she doesn't have her face buried in a book or striding in her garden, she's busy blogging about simple life hacks of the daily life. Shirley hold's a BA in commerce from University of California.

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