Compounding 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!
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 types of investments you select. The Standard & Poor’s 500® (S&P 500®) for the 10 years ending December 31, 2016, had an annual compounded rate of return of 6.6%, including reinvestment of dividends. From January 1, 1970, to December 31, 2016, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500®, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 10.3% (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). The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held securities. Savings accounts at a financial institution may pay as little as 0.25% 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 which would reduce an investor’s return. Dividends are not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
Years Number of years for this investment.
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.
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.
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