Time and Money: Can anyone become a millionaire on an average salary?

Becoming a millionaire has long been part of the American dream, but saving $1 million is not just an idle fantasy for most Americans. Saving at least $1 million is a dream many feel must come true if they’re going to have a comfortable retirement.

Source: CNN

I have repeatedly mentioned that almost anyone can become a millionaire. If you have a lot of time — think four or five decades — it isn’t difficult at all; simply invest a few thousand dollars every year and watch your more compound and grow. If you only have 20 or 30 years in your time horizon, it will require much more cash.

A 20 year old could be a millionaire well before their 65th birthday simply by investing about $2,500 a year — that’s just $200 a month.

However, a 45-year old would have to set aside over $20,000 a  year — that’s about $1,700 a month.

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