To see all four compound interest formulas (with examples), please click here.
The above equation computes the total
money you have after
investing one lump sum (the principal) at a
specified rate for a specified number of
This calculator can solve for any one of these 4 numbers.
Simply click on the button you don't know, input the other 3 numbers, then
click on the method of compounding to get your answer.
For example, you've just deposited $5,000 (principal)
at 9% interest compounded annually (rate) and now you are
waiting for it to "grow" into $10,000 (total). How
long (years) will it take?
Since you don't know the years, click on that button. Now enter the 3 numbers
that you do know.
Click on compounded "Annually" and your answer will be 8.0432 years.
When inputting, do NOT use the dollar sign ($), commas or the per cent sign (%).
(For an interesting example of compound interest, scroll just
beyond the calculator).
Do you want to solve for:
Effective Annual Rate Decimal Places
If you want to increase or decrease the accuracy of the Effective Annual Rate,
change the number in this box, then reclick the compounding method.
Let us suppose you are 20 years old and wish to retire at age 65.
What amount of money would you have to deposit at a 10 per cent rate compounded
annually for this one deposit to make you a millionaire?
We want to solve for principal so click on that button, then input:
TOTAL = 1,000,000
RATE = 10 per cent.
Then click on compounded annually.
Our answer shows that one deposit of $13,719.21 at 10 per cent annual interest at
age 20, allows you to be a millionaire at age 65.
This shows you the incredible earning power of compound interest. It
gives you something to think about doesn't it?