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Predicting returns on investment is a difficult process. To get an accurate picture, it's not enough to merely assume a given rate of return; you need to take into account other factors like inflation and taxes to determine what your investment will be worth in real terms a number of years down the road. This Investment Returns Calculator allows you to do just that. In addition to figuring your rate of return over time, this calculator also lets you see how such factors as the economic climate, taxes and additional investments over time will affect your investment. You can also easily vary each of these to see how changes in one or several factors will affect your investments over time, and view results for simple vs. compounded interest.
Investing is a complicated process. You need to understand how the various investment products work, what their risk level is and what style of investing you are comfortable with. You also need to take into consideration taxes, inflation, fees and the health of the economy. If you aren't familiar with investing, or with factoring in elements that can impact the rate of return an investment will produce, then you should try our Investment Returns Tool.
The Investment Returns Calculator can serve a number of investment purposes. For example:
To use this tool you will need to enter the number of years you plan to hold onto an investment product, the expected rate of return, your initial investment amount, your annual investment amount, the current inflation rate and your current tax rate for investments. After entering these amounts click on "calculate." This will produce a graph. If you want a detailed view of your investment scenario you will need to click on the "view report" button.
Here is additional information that may be useful when using the calculator:
As you enter your information, the calculator will automatically determine the total value of your investment at the end of the time specified and display it in the blue bar at the top. Changing any of those values, such as by moving the green triangles, will immediately change your investment totals as well.
Clicking "Show report" will switch to a new page showing a more detailed breakdown of the investment and it's performance.