Aside from stronger buying power, the higher value of money “now” can be further illustrated by how it can be “used” today to grow. Consider what would happen if you put a pound sterling in a time capsule versus putting a pound sterling in a typical interest-earning bank account. In 30 years, the bill in the time capsule may look pristine, but it will be worth exactly one pound (which we’ve already shown might be enough to buy a slice of bread in the future), whereas the pound you put in the bank will have more than doubled. This is a simple example of the magic of compounding interest, however, you can just as easily turn today’s pounds into something substantially more valuable by paying down debt, investing in a business, or buying a property.
Waiting to receive some pre-determined amount of rent from your mobile phone mast lease in ten, twenty, or even thirty years into the future is the equivalent of waiting for a sealed time capsule of money to open up. Just think, what will your mast site rent be “worth” then? How much buying power and how many investment opportunities will slip through your fingers as the years go by?
Now, what would you do if you could unlock your time capsule today?