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My main concern is making the $20,000 that I currently have saved, substantially grow. - I currently am able to put roughly $500 into my savings at a bi-weekly period due to my part time job. - I am a college student but have earned scholarships to pay for my schooling, so I do not need to worry about grants or loans. - I have no credit card bills, and when I do use my credit card I make sure that it is paid off at a bi-weekly rate also. - I do not pay rent.

I'd like to keep my money in the bank and continue saving, but I know that keeping it in a low interest account will deplete its value due to inflation. What are my options here?

  • "High"-interest savings (1%) might be an option, but I'm hoping for a better answer too so I won't post this one. – Mehrdad Mar 20 '16 at 21:27
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    What country are you in? – JoeTaxpayer Mar 20 '16 at 23:24
  • I think something along the lines of a certificate of deposit (CD) or a "Money Market" will start earning at higher rates, so long as you acknowledge that you will have somewhat limited (not instant) access to these funds should you need them. As a general rule, I find Credit Unions to have superior rate structures. – BrownRedHawk Mar 21 '16 at 12:11
  • Definitely related, possible duplicate: Tips for a 21 year old on looking to invest – a CVn Mar 21 '16 at 16:22
  • And, great work on having saved up so much so early. You're way ahead of most; keep it up! – a CVn Mar 21 '16 at 16:23
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May I suggest putting it in a Roth IRA ($5,500 per year. Right now you can contribute to both 2015 and 2016 so that's $11K.)? Based on your description it sounds like your tax rate is very low, so it is awesome to put it away now and avoid taxes later on any gains you make on it. You can use Roth IRA money to pay for college, a home, or retirement.

Within your Roth IRA, any of the investment options mentioned here will work. For example, CD's or money market accounts if you just want it to grow in a pretty much savings-account-like manner. You could also buy diversified mutual funds or have some fun buying individual stocks with some of it.

I'm sorry to say that in the current market conditions you are not going to find a completely safe, cash-like investment or account that makes your money grow substantially. To do that you have to bear risk by buying risky stuff like stocks.

  • Definitely a Roth IRA. If you can leave the money in it long term all future gains are tax free. Do it now while your tax bracket is low. The hardest part will be not touching it until retirement. – Jim Garrison Mar 22 '16 at 4:42
  • And OP never offered a country. The name Linda ranks 613 in the US, but 43 in the Czech Republic. The world is a big place. – JoeTaxpayer Mar 25 '16 at 0:19
  • @JoeTaxpayer True, but the number Lindas using the internet in the US is much higher than in the Czech Republic. Also, US citizens tend to not mention their country in their question and always provide wealth in dollars. I think US is a safe bet. If not, it's the OP's bad. I don't believe in withholding answers until a country is provided – farnsy Mar 25 '16 at 21:43

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