Million-Dollar TFSA: 1 Way to Achieve to 7-Figure Wealth

Canadians should take full advantage of their Tax-Free Savings Account by maximizing their contributions every year.

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Canadians should take full advantage of their Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) by maximizing their TFSA contributions every year. One way to achieve to seven-figure wealth, or a $1 million portfolio, is by investing in a portfolio of growth stocks. These businesses are growing at a faster pace than the general market.

Canadian growth stock idea

One Canadian growth stock I have on my radar is goeasy (TSX:GSY), which is a leading provider of non-prime lending in Canada. The growth stock has grown investors’ money 11-fold over the last 10 years, equating to annual returns of almost 28%! It charges a high average interest rate. So, it also targets a high net charge-off rate of 8.5-9.5%. That said, it aims to reduce the interest rate and improve the credit score of its customers over time.

At $188.30 per share at writing, the credit services stock appears to trade at a fair valuation compared to its long-term historical normal valuation. To be sure, analysts think it has upside potential of about 19% over the next 12 months.

It’d be safer to diversify your capital across a basket of growth stocks.

Gain exposure to U.S. growth stocks

To gain exposure to a basket of U.S. growth stocks, investors can consider exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEMKT:SPYG) and Vanguard Growth Index Fund ETF (NYSEMKT:VUG). These two ETFs move in tandem with each other, which is not surprising given that their constituents are similar.

Below is a 10-year total return chart fueled by YCharts data. So, investors would have grown their money four-fold over 10 years, turning an initial investment of $10,000 into over $40,000, equating to annual returns of about 15%.

SPYG Total Return Level Chart

SPYG Total Return Level data by YCharts

Most of the time, investors don’t invest a lump sum and be done with it. Investors more often invest money periodically. If you’re able to save money every month, you can utilize the dollar-cost averaging approach, in which you’re investing, say, $500 a month in a growth fund. Your diversified portfolio could consist of cash and cash-like investments, fixed-income investments like Guaranteed Investment Certificates and bonds, dividend stocks or funds, and growth stocks or funds.

During market corrections, investors can target to invest more than they normally would to benefit from the long-term upside potential. As shown in the graph above, the growth funds tend to grow over time.

SPYG and VUG top holdings

SPYG’s top holdings are Microsoft (which makes up over 12% of the fund’s assets), Apple (over 11%), NVIDIA (11%), Amazon (over 6%), Meta Platforms (4%), Alphabet Class A (4%), Alphabet Class C (over 3%), Eli Lilly (over 2%), and Broadcom (over 2%).

VUG’s top holdings are Microsoft, which makes up over 12% of the fund’s assets, Apple (over 11%), NVIDIA (over 10%), Amazon (almost 7%), Meta Platforms (4%), Alphabet Class A (4%), Alphabet Class C (over 3%), Eli Lilly (almost 3%), and Tesla (2%).

Notably, VUG slightly outperformed SPYG over the last one-, three-, five-, and 10-year periods.

How long will it take to achieve a $1,000,000 portfolio?

Assuming you’re starting from scratch today and investing $1,000 a month (or $12,000 a year) compounded at a 12% rate of return, it would take a little over 21 years to hit $1,000,000.

All else equal, but if you already have $100,000 invested, it’d require a little more than 15 years to hit $1,000,000. Similarly, if you have $200,000 invested, you’ll only need about 11.5 years to arrive at seven figures.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Fool contributor Kay Ng has positions in Alphabet, Amazon, and Goeasy. The Motley Fool recommends Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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