April 27, 2007, Newsletter Issue #61: Using a Compounding Savings Calculator

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Figuring out how much an individual can save over several years can be difficult without the help of a compounding savings calculator. A savings calculator of this kind can help you take compounding funds and interest rates into account when trying to plan for future savings goals. To use a savings calculator, you will need some information at your disposal. Here are the basics you will need to know. Starting Investment If you are starting your savings off with a lump investment, this is the figure you will want to input here. Years If you want to use the savings calculator to give you long term answers, you will need to input the number of years at which you wish to see totals. Additional Contributions If you plan on making regular contributions into your savings over time, you can estimate these here. These additional contributions will compound your savings greatly.Rate of Return What percentage rate do you anticipate gaining from your savings investment? This is essential to the savings calculator doing its job to project your future savings for you. Compounded Will your interest be compounded annually, quarterly, monthly, or daily? This is a question easily answered by your bank or savings account holder.

With all of this information at your disposal, you will have no problem navigating a savings calculator and getting a clear picture of your financial future.

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