Warren Buffett

Investing: Invest your way to a million

Asked about his investing success, Warren Buffett attributed it to "living in America, lucky genes and compound interest." That may sound glib, but it highlights two great ways you can build wealth (Buffett's genes aside): Buy shares of leading U.S. companies and keep plowing your money into the stock market.

Buying stocks might seem foolhardy now, with the U.S. market near historic highs. But even if stocks falter in the near term, they are likely to push higher over the long haul.

Granted, the path to $1 million gets easier if you have plenty of time and a pile of money to invest. With $50,000 in the kitty, it would take more than 31 years to hit the mark at a...