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Compound Interest Calculator

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Use my popular calculators to work out the compound interest on your savings, with monthly interest breakdowns and the option to include regular monthly deposits or withdrawals (for retirement calculations, etc). You can choose to compound interest daily, monthly, quarterly, half yearly or yearly.


 
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Daily, monthly or yearly compounding

The compound interest calculator includes options for:

  • daily compounding
  • monthly compounding
  • quarterly compounding
  • half yearly and yearly compounding

Your savings account may vary on this, so you may wish to check with your bank or financial institution to find out which frequency they compound your interest at. Should you wish to calculate without compounding, give the simple interest calculator a try.

Compounding of interest

Compound interest is the concept of adding accumulated interest back to the principal sum, so that interest is earned on top of interest from that moment on. The act of declaring interest to be principal is called compounding. Financials institutions vary in terms of their compounding rate requency - daily, monthly, yearly, etc. Should you wish to work the interest due on a loan, you can use the loan calculator.

Compound interest calculation example

Let's go with a simple example and say you have $10,000 in your savings account, earning 10% interest per year. Your first 5 years might look like this:

Year Interest Calculation Interest Earned End Balance
Year 1 $10,000 x 10% $1,000 $11,000
Year 2 $11,000 x 10% $1,100 $12,100
Year 3 $12,100 x 10% $1,210 $13,310
Year 4 $13,310 x 10% $1,331 $14,641
Year 5 $14,641 x 10% $1,464.10 $16,105.10

Here's an example chart with a smaller sum of money ($1,000) using a longer compounding investment period (20 years) at the same 10% per year (to keep the sum simple). Here we compare the benefits of compound interest versus standard interest and no interest at all.

Diagram of compound interest

When you get into a pattern of regular, consistent investing. the power of compound interest can prove an effective growth strategy for your money, as the deposits mount up and you gain interest on your interest. Find out more in our article, What is compound interest?


Other frequently asked questions

Here I answer some other common questions sent to me about the compound interest calculator.

When is interest compounded?

With savings accounts, interest can be compounded at either the start or the end of the compounding period (month or year). If additional contributions are included in your calculation, my savings calculators assume that those contributions are made at the start of each period.

What is the effective annual rate?

The effective annual rate is the rate that actually gets paid after all of the compounding. When compounding of interest takes place, the effective annual rate becomes higher than the overall interest rate. The more times the interest is compounded within the year, the higher the effective annual rate will be. More information on effective annual interest rate can be found in this article from Investopedia.

What is the formula for compound interest?

Compound Interest Formula:

V = P(1+r/n)(nt)

The generic formula used in this compound interest calculator is V = P(1+r/n)(nt)

V = the future value of the investment
P = the principal investment amount
r = the annual interest rate
n = the number of times that interest is compounded per year
t = the number of years the money is invested for

You can find learn more about the formula for compound interest here.