Personal Economic Recovery Calculator (Canadian)
Personal Economic Recovery Calculator (Canadian) Definitions
- Original investment
- The amount of your investment before suffering your losses. This is the total you are looking to recover, or eventually have in your account.
- Current value
- Your current remaining balance after your losses.
- Additional contributions
- The amount you will contribute each period to your account. This calculator also assumes that you make your contribution at the beginning of each period.
- Expected rate of return
- This is the annually compounded rate of return you expect from your investments. For the purposes of this calculator, taxation is not factored into the results. If you pay taxes on the interest, dividends or capital gains from these investments you may wish to enter your after-tax rate of return.
The actual rate of return is largely dependent on the type of investments you select. For example, the annual return of the S&P/TSX Composite Index for the 10 year period from December 31, 2009 through December 31, 2019 was 3.9% (source spindices.com). Over the same period the total annual return (including dividends) was 6.9% (source spindices.com). Savings accounts at a bank or credit union may pay as little as 2% or less. It is important to remember that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are 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.
- Expected inflation rate
- What you expect for the average long-term inflation rate.
- Adjust for inflation
- Check this box to show all results adjusted for inflation. The rate of return is effectively lowered to compensate for any investment return you received that simply allows you to maintain the purchasing power of your investment.