nest egg


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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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
Recent Examples on the Web And when more income is devoted to rent, less income is saved for a down payment or nest egg that might otherwise help to ensure long-term wealth for future generations. Svenja Gudell For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "People of color have faced housing discrimination for generations. It needs to stop," 15 June 2020 That has built a nest egg of about $800 million in two funds that could act as a cushion against education budget cuts. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama Senate committee approves spending increase for 2021," 28 Apr. 2020 Stock-market convulsions have destroyed, in a matter of days, nest eggs built over decades. Charles Yu, The Atlantic, "The Pre-pandemic Universe Was the Fiction," 15 Apr. 2020 Biden ended the year with a little less than $9 million in the bank — half of Sanders’s nest egg and significantly less than Buttigieg’s more than $14 million. Time, "Amidst Lackluster Results in Iowa, Joe Biden Struggles to Reset in New Hampshire," 6 Feb. 2020 As Wall Street’s expectations grow dimmer for a quick resolution on President Donald Trump’s tariff and trade disputes, the nest eggs of ordinary Americans hang in the balance. NBC News, "What are all these tariffs doing to your 401(k)?," 3 June 2019 Members of this generation, in their 50s and 60s, hold stocks that make up the bulk of their retirement nest eggs. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The trade war put the economy on its heels. The coronavirus will be much worse," 3 Mar. 2020 Retirement is just unemployment: Remember that fact when building a nest eggIs my financial life ruined? Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Here's what smart investors do with their 401(k)s when the stock market is hitting highs," 23 Feb. 2020 The federal prosecution was highly unusual in that Diaz did not steal people’s nest eggs. Washington Post, "Ex-broker convicted of fraud in unusual prosecution," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nest egg

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2020

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“Nest egg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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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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