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How do you Value the Future?

Behavioral studies show that people consistently over-discount the future -- spending money today rather than investing it for the future.

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By Mary Biggins
  |  Published: May 23, 2011

Think about this: if you invest $10 today and receive an average annual return of 9% – the market average over the past 90 years – your investment would be worth nearly $25 at the end of 10 years. That same $10 invested in a savings account? Probably won’t keep up with the rate of inflation.

Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, we’ll challenge conference attendees to make the right long term decisions with their money. We’ll be offering attendees $10 in cash today … or, $25 as a Betterment account bonus if they are willing to wait 50 days.

Attending TechCrunch? Stop by our table to show us how you value the future.

Not attending TechCrunch? We challenge you, too. Where are you spending money today that you could be investing for the future?

 

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