nest egg

noun

Definition of nest egg

1 : a natural or artificial egg left in a nest especially to induce a hen to continue to lay there
2 : a fund of money accumulated as a reserve

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Synonyms for nest egg

Synonyms

account, budget, deposit, fund, kitty, pool

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Examples of nest egg in a Sentence

They built up a nest egg for their son's college education. paid for the computer out of his nest egg

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Other Furbies that could add to your nest egg include the 1998 First Edition Furby ($350), 1999 Special Edition Tropical Furby ($600), and a Kid Cuisine Furby Buddy ($175). Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Your Creepy Old Furby Might Be Worth Big Bucks Now," 28 June 2019 The year was 2010 and the Italian economy was in tatters, the markets were melting, and retirement nest eggs were crushed. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Financial planners typically recommend that people take no more than 4% of their nest egg in the first year of retirement, increasing the withdrawal by the inflation rate in subsequent years. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Make your money last in retirement," 17 June 2019 The fund itself is a sort of nest egg, seeded with oil money and grown through investments. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers eye future special session on dividends," 12 June 2019 Regular phone and internet users remain vulnerable, forced to take individual protective measures, like a poor wage-worker without health insurance who’s told to secure her nest egg by cutting out morning lattes. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 Counting on real estate for your retirement nest egg is a very long-term bet on weak real estate development plus good economic fortune — both in one location. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "3 reasons real estate is a lousy retirement investment: location, location, location," 9 June 2019 Risk is also loss of purchasing power as inflation gradually eats away at your nest egg. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Learn these terms to become more confident in your savings and investing," 4 June 2019 For parents who have become retirement-savings laggards, recent research by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research suggests another route to building a nest egg. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "Behind on Retirement Savings? It’s Not Too Late to Catch Up," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of nest egg

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nest egg

noun

Financial Definition of nest egg

What It Is

A nest egg is a slang term describing money saved for the future.

How It Works

For example, let's say that John Doe works at Company XYZ. He saves $300 a week for 40 years. At the end of the 40 years, he has $700,000 in his account (including capital gains). This $700,000 is John's nest egg, and he plans to use it to fund his retirement.

Why It Matters

Creating, protecting and growing one's nest egg is one of the fundamental purposes of investing.

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nest egg

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English Language Learners Definition of nest egg

: an amount of money that is saved over a usually long period of time to pay for something in the future

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