# Annual Rate of Return Calculator

Use this calculator to determine the annual return of a known initial amount, a stream of deposits, plus a known final future value.

## Calculated annual rate of return is RATE_OF_RETURN.

This includes an initial deposit amount of PRESENT_VALUE and a PERIODIC_DEPOSIT DEPOSIT_FREQUENCY_LOWER deposit (withdrawal). Interest was calculated for TOTAL_TIME, compounded COMPOUND_INTEREST_LOWER.

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Results Summary
Initial deposit amount PRESENT_VALUE as of PRESENT_DATE
Future value FUTURE_VALUE as of FUTURE_DATE
Start date PRESENT_DATE
End date FUTURE_DATE
Dates span a period of TOTAL_TIME
Periodic deposit (withdrawal) PERIODIC_DEPOSIT
DEPOSIT_FREQUENCY, DEPOSIT_TYPE.
Number of deposits (withdrawals) DEPOSITS
Periods PERIODS_LABEL
Total deposits (withdrawals) TOTAL_AMOUNT_YOU_HAVE_PAID_IN
Future value initial deposit amount FUTURE_VALUE_AMOUNT as of FUTURE_DATE
Future value of periodic deposits FUTURE_VALUE_DEPOSITS as of FUTURE_DATE
Calculated rate of return RATE_OF_RETURN compounded COMPOUND_INTEREST_LOWER

## Annual Rate of Return Calculator Definitions

Initial deposit amount
Amount of your initial deposit, or account balance, as of the present value date.
Future value
Total future value of the stream of payments, plus the future value any initial deposit amount. This includes the compounding of interest at the calculated rate on an annual basis.
Start date
Date to calculate the present value. We assume that this is also the date of the first periodic payment if deposits are made at the beginning of a period.
End date
Date your investment or account will be worth the entered future value.
Periodic deposit (withdrawal)
The amount that you plan on adding to this savings or investment each period.
Deposit frequency
The frequency of your periodic deposits. Periods options include weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annually and annually. You can choose to make deposits at the beginning or the end of each period.
Deposits at beginning
Check here to make all future periodic deposits or withdrawals at the beginning of each period. Uncheck this box for the end of the period.
Calculated rate of return
The calculated rate of return for this investment or account. The actual rate of return is largely dependent on the types of investments you select. The S&P 500® for the 10 years ending Dec. 31st, 2013 had an annual compounded rate of return of 7.3%, including reinvestment of dividends. From January 1970 through the end of 2013, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500®, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 10.6% (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 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 that funds and/or investment companies may charge.

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