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Frugality

Ronald Read seems to have had a reputation for being extremely frugal. Read’s friends remember him driving a second-hand car and using safety pins to hold his worn-out coat together. He even continued to cut his own firewood well after his 90th birthday.

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Longevity

Ronald Read lived to 92 and Warren Buffett is 93 years old now. Both investors have benefitted immensely from living and working longer than average. In fact, 90% of Buffett’s fortune was generated after his 60th birthday.

The power of compounding is magnified over longer time horizons. In other words, investing for longer is more likely to deliver better returns.

To be fair, none of us can control how long we live. Instead, starting early and staying in the market for as long as possible is probably the best strategy.

Read himself was an avid investor. His friend and neighbor, Mark Richard, shared “I’m sure if he earned $50 in a week, he probably invested $40 of it,” according to CNBC.

With Acorns, investing like Read is easy.

Their automated investing platform rounds up the price of your purchases to the nearest dollar and puts the balance into a smart investment portfolio so you don’t have to think twice about investing.

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