“Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it — but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Being invested can be one of the best ways to grow wealth over the longer term. Yet, after an extended period of gains, some investors may feel hesitant to put money to work in equity markets. While volatility was muted for most of 2021, let’s not forget that it is a normal part of equity markets. It is the price paid for the upside potential.

Remember that time can be one of the investor’s best allies. If you have (grand)children learning about finances, the accompanying chart may be a worthwhile share. Even with modest returns, starting early and staying invested can yield significant wealth down the road. How about you? Do you have funds sitting idle that can be put to work for your future? The best investment opportunity is valueless unless we actually make use of it. Keep time on your side!

The views expressed are those of Wes Ashton, Director of Growth Strategy and Portfolio Manager, and not necessarily those of Harbourfront Wealth Management Inc., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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