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The Mustard Seed

rape-and-cottonwoodI have given many financial seminars where I start out with the story of two employees.. Each employee is giving the option of receiving $1,000 per day in wages for 28 days or starting with a penny and having their wage double each day.

Most people assume the $1,000 per day will be a much higher number, but lets review the numbers

  • After week one, employee # 1 have $7,000 in wages, employee # 2 will have a $1.27
  • At the end of week 2, employee # 1 is up to $14,000 in total wages, employee # 2 has $163.83
  • After three weeks, the two employees are almost equal. # 1 has $21,000, # 2 has $20,971.51
  • At the end, employee # 1 has earned $28,000. Not bad wages for a less than a month. However, # 2 has earned a total of $2,684,354.55.

Like the mustard seed that starts as a very small seed and grows into a large plant at maturity, the power of interest compounding starts small and over time becomes very powerful.

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Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).

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