Home >> Calculators >> Savings >> Compound Interest and Your Return

Calculators

Compound Interest and Your Return

How interest is calculated can greatly affect your savings. The more often interest is compounded, or added to your account, the more you earn. This calculator demonstrates how compounding can affect your savings, and how interest on your interest really adds up!

This Financial Calculator requires SUN's Java� Plug-in. If you see this message you will need to download SUN's Java� Plug-in. This can be done automatically by clicking the yellow bar at the top of your browser and choosing �Install ActiveX Control�.

    You can also get SUN's Java� Plug-in here: Get the Java� Plug-in!

    For more information about this Plug-in please visit: SUN's Java� Plug-in
    For more information about these financial calculators please visit: Financial Calculators from KJE Computer Solutions, LLC

Definitions

Investment Amount
The amount of your initial investment.

Interest Rate
The annual interest rate for your investment. The actual rate of return is largely dependent on the type of investments you select. For example, from December 1999 to December 2009, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500 was -0.6%, including reinvestment of dividends. From January 1970 to December 2009, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 10.1% (source: www.standardandpoors.com). Since 1970, the highest 12-month return was 61% (June 1982 through June 1983). The lowest 12-month return was -43% (March 2008 to March 2009). Savings accounts at a bank may pay as little as 1% or less but carry significantly lower risk of loss of principal balances.

It is important to remember that these scenarios are hypothetical and that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are generally subject to higher risk and volatility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index and the compounded rate of return noted above does not reflect sales charges and other fees that funds and/or investment companies may charge.

Compound Interest
Interest on an investment's interest, plus previous interest. The more frequently this occurs, the sooner your accumulated interest will generate additional interest. You should check with your financial institution to find out how often interest is being compounded on your particular investment.

Years
Number of years for this investment.

Yearly APY
Annual percentage yield received if your investment is compounded yearly.

Quarterly APY
Annual percentage yield received if your investment is compounded quarterly.

Monthly APY
Annual percentage yield received if your investment is compounded monthly.

Daily APY
Annual percentage yield received if your investment is compounded daily.

Information and interactive calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your personal independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. We can not and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all personal finance issues.