I read an interesting article a few weeks ago.
It was in a business magazine.
The article was about the ten richest fictional characters.
The first was Scrooge McDuck.
There’s plenty of photographic evidence of his riches.
Mainly the one with him in a huge swimming pool filled with gold and diamonds and other jewels.
The second was the vampire family from Twilight.
This is a pretty common idea.
The reason those vampires are so wealthy is compound interest.
Einstein allegedly said that compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.
He probably didn’t say that, attributing cool sounding “truisms” to famous people is also a pretty common technique.
But compound interest is very, very powerful.
If you can live for a couple hundred years, and you can make a fortune in interest.
This is why rich families that keep the money in the family are, and have always been, super rich.
It takes a while to get started, but once you’ve got some “money momentum” going, you can build a sizeable fortune.
Like the Medici’s from the middle ages.
They started out as low level gangsters.
Some were even hanged for their crimes.
But because they kept the family business intact, eventually they were legitimate business people.
Bankers who loaned money to the Pope.
This is probably one of the most under-acknowledged “gangster” activities, being a money lender.
Money lending might even be a secret component behind the rise of democracy.
If you are money lender, and you loan money to a king, you could win, you could lose.
If the king goes into battle and dies, you don’t get your money back.
But if you loan money to a democratic institution?
AND you happen to be an old school money lending family?
You can collect interest for a long, long time.
Most people never experience the positive side of compound interest.
Most of us only experience the compound interest that gets added on to our credit cards every month.
I watched a documentary about the payday lending industry.
Super high interest rate loans.
Part of it was they would stop people coming out of the payday loan place.
Temporarily happy they’d just gotten a fix.
But then they showed them how much they’d pay.
Borrowing $500 on super high interest rates.
How much the interest would be based on how long it took to pay it off.
Most people were shocked.
The funny thing is figuring out and understanding interest rates is really pretty simple.
The concept is simple.
The mathematics is simple.
But few people understand it, or take the time to learn it.
On a bigger, more meta scale, the value of time is critical.
If you understand how time works, you can build a fantastic life.
But if you can only see, feel, and think in the short term, you won’t be able to see what you’re missing.
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