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!

Daily compounding process the highest return of DAILY_RETURN, with and APY of DAILY_APR.

Input Summary
Investment amount:AMOUNT
Interest rate:YEARLY_APR
Total years invested:YEARS

 Annual Percentage Yield (APY)Total Return

Investment Return by Year


Compounding and Your Return Definitions

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 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: 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.

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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