Savings, Taxes, and Inflation
The value of your savings can be affected by both taxes and inflation. Use this calculator to determine how much your savings will be worth with this in mind. Click the "View Report" button to get more information and a year-by-year savings schedule.
- The number of years you have to save.
- Monthly contributions
- The amount you will contribute each month to your savings. This calculator assumes that you make your contribution at the beginning of each month.
- Amount currently invested
- Total you have saved to date to be included in this analysis.
- Expected rate of return
This is the annually compounded rate of return you expect
from your investments before taxes. 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
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.
- Federal tax rate
- Your marginal federal tax rate.
- State tax rate
- Your marginal state tax rate.
- Expected inflation rate
- What you expect for the average long-term inflation rate. A common measure of inflation in the U.S. is the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has a long-term average of 3.1% annually, from 1925 through 2009. The CPI for 2009 was -1.0%, as reported by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.
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.