Expound Compound Interest

Lew W.
2 min readAug 28, 2021

Earn Income from Your Savings

This isn’t an article about how to save money by discontinuing that daily latte to save $4.50 per day. Now, if you are struggling paycheck to paycheck, this would be helpful. However, this won’t substantially affect your savings or retirement account. But there is something you can do with that $4.50 a day that will noticeably impact your savings!

If you were to put $4.50 a day in a savings account, you will have saved $1,298 in a year. That’s a meager return of $128 at one-half of one percent per year! A much better plan is placing those funds in a high-yield ETF or CEF.

Several funds provide monthly returns rather than quarterly stock dividends and can be as much as 1% per month versus a savings account of .5% per year. For example, if you took that daily cup of coffee and invested in an ETF such as Global X Nasdaq 100 Covered Call ETF (QYLD), your first-year total would be $1,608 instead of the original $1,298.

What if you started with a small account of $1,250? If you consistently add the original coffee savings, you will nearly triple your initial investment to $3,708 after the first year. And this isn’t linear growth.

If you are in your twenties and continue to do this every month and increase the amount saved when you can, your returns will increase exponentially by taking full advantage of compounding interest. If you are close to retirement, you can transfer your IRA and other savings to earn monthly income without touching your initial principal.

When you conduct research on high-yield ETFs, the largest strike against funds like QYLD is that they don’t have much price appreciation. This shouldn’t be a major concern and is extremely short-sighted. If you are using it as a savings vehicle, you don’t want it to change much. This might sound counterintuitive because it is ingrained to want assets to grow.

When you go to reinvest your dividends into shares of the fund, which is where the compounding happens, you don’t want it to be more expensive when purchasing additional shares. You would wind up getting fewer shares which would reduce your return.

Appreciation is only helpful if you plan to sell an asset at maturity. Without asset appreciation, the more you can buy, the more interest you can receive, and the more your investment compounds.