You don't have to be a genius to become a millionaire in the stock market.
You don't have to be a master trader to ensure the investments you make return enough to fully take care of your needs when you retire.
All you need is time and a simple plan.
In fact, your plan can be as simple as buying quality, growing dividend stocks and letting the power of compounding do its work over time.
Now, we realize this may sound way too simplistic. But the truth is, long-term investing should be simple because you're using the twin forces of time and compounding. And they are far more powerful than any analysis, economic forecast, or trading strategy.
So let us show you a couple of realistic examples to prove the point...
He Was Just a Regular Investor...
You'd think it would be pretty hard to hide a billionaire these days. After all, tax returns and SEC filings can be accessed by intrepid reporters.
Still, a new billionaire crops up from time to time.
More often than not, new billionaires own businesses that hit it big. Of the 19 new American billionaires Forbes identified in 2013, eight of them inherited their fortune. Three are in real estate and loan financing. The rest own successful business.
That's the case with one of the newer American billionaires, Stewart Horejsi (his last name is pronounced "Horish").
The thing is, Horejsi used a surprisingly simple strategy to make his fortune. We use this strategy, and you probably do, too. If you don't, you should start immediately.
Investing to Make Your Fortune
Stewart Horejsi was running the company his grandfather founded.
It was 1980, and Brown Welding Supply was struggling. Other companies that sold oxygen and hydrogen tanks to welders were moving into his Kansas turf.
So in a moment of desperation (or genius), Horejsi took $10,000 of company cash and bought 40 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock. A friend had recently told him about Warren Buffett. Shares were trading around $265 at the time.
Two weeks later, Horejsi bought 60 more shares at $295. A month after that, he doubled down for 200 shares at $330.
Horejsi eventually owned 5,800 Berkshire Hathaway shares. He sold 1,500 shares in 1998 as they traded as high as $80,000 apiece. That was worth a cool $120 million, which he parlayed into a successful money management firm.
Today, his 4,300 shares are worth $742 million or so.
He's done pretty well.
And let's not forget that Berkshire Hathaway has been a phenomenal success story. From Stewart Horejsi's first buys at $265, the stock has run to over $257,000 a share. That's a 969,189% gain over 37 years.
It's Easier Than You Think
Now, Horejsi's story may sound like a once-in-a-lifetime windfall.
It's easy to hear a story like this and immediately think, "Oh, that could never happen to me." But the fact is, massive gains over a span of 20 or 30 years are not once-in-a-lifetime events...
An investment might not gain 640,509% like Stewart's did, but you absolutely can pull down a 200,000% or 300,000% gain with a 30-year time horizon.
Say you bought Starbucks when it went public in 1992. Shares were $17. $100,000 would have gotten you 5,882 shares.
Starbucks has split its shares six times over the last 20 years — and it just started paying a dividend in 2010. Today, if you had reinvested those dividends, your 5,882 shares would have grown to 409,676 shares...
That $100,000 would be worth over $21 million! Not only that, but you'd be raking in $327,741 in dividends this year.
And that's just one example. A lot of other stocks could have given you similar results. Take McDonald's...
Let's go back 25 years to 1988. $100,000 would have bought 2,173 shares of McDonald's at $46. Today, if you reinvested those dividends, you'd have 30,529 shares of McDonald's worth $3,407,057 — and you'd get $114,790 in dividend payments this year alone.
McDonald's was hardly an unknown stock at the time, and you still could have made enough in 25 years to live a pretty good life.
The bottom line is you just have to get started.
Don't worry if you don't have $100,000 ready to deploy... Start with what you can, and add to it when you can.
The point is to start.
Find a good dividend payer, and use a Roth IRA account so you can avoid all taxes when it comes time to start spending your fortune.
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Helping individual investors protect and grow their wealth since 1998, Briton has an impressive resume. He has recommended stocks such as Petrochina at $20 a share months before Warren Buffett jumped on board. His fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and vast experience has proven invaluable as editor of The Wealth Advisory, and his moneymaking insights appear weekly in the pages of Wealth Daily as a contributing writer. To learn more about Briton, click here.