ASX 200 investors: Don’t give up! How even $100 per month can grow into a $100,000 portfolio

Green dollar sign on trees representing share price.

Green dollar sign on trees representing share price.

When you first start out investing, you may not have lots of spare capital to put into ASX 200 shares.

And while only investing $100 a month through platforms such as Pocket by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) may seem like it isn’t going to make you rich, it is well worth sticking with it.

That’s because of the power of compounding. This is where you earn interest on top of interest, or returns on top of returns when it comes to ASX 200 shares.

By making regular investments over a long period of time and letting compounding work its magic, investors can build up a sizeable investment portfolio.

Investing $100 a month into ASX 200 shares

According to Fidelity, over the last three decades, the Australian share market has provided investors with a total return of approximately 9.6% per annum.

While there is certainly no guarantee that the same will happen over the next 30 years, it is worth noting that these returns are largely in line with historical share market returns on Wall Street. So, it certainly is plausible that the same could happen again over the three decades to come.

If this does indeed happen and you invest a modest $100 per month into ASX 200 shares and earn the market return, your investments would grow to be worth $100,000 after 23 years.

And if you keep going through to the 30-year mark, you will have almost doubled the value of your investment portfolio to just over $192,000.

The latter really demonstrates the power of compounding. It took 23 years to get to $100,000 but just 7.4 additional years to make your second $100,000.

And, in case you’re wondering, a further 4.2 years would be enough time for your portfolio to increase a further $100,000, ceteris paribus.

All in all, this goes to show that making even modest investments in ASX 200 shares today could snowball into something significant in time.

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