# VMC: What Is Compound Interest?

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**Definition of Compound Interest**

- Compound interest is the interest on the initial principal as well as the interest from the prior periods.
- It is also referred to as interest on interest.
- With the same period of time, the sum of compound interest is always greater than simple interest because simple interest is the interest only on the initial value.
- If the money has not been withdrawn/ paid, the interest will increase over a period of time.

**What Impacts Compound Interest?**

- The three things that impact compound interest are interest rates, the length of time you leave the money in the investment, and the frequency of the compounding.
- The higher the interest rate, the more you earn.
- The longer you leave your money to compound, the more money you will end up having in the future.
- The greater the number of times the money is compounded, the more you earn.
- For example, if your money is compounded every day, you would make more than you would if it was compounded every month.

**How To Calculate Compound Interest?**

- Compound interest can be calculated by taking the total principal amount and interest rate in the future minus the present value.

**Compound Interest = (P (1 + ***i***)^****n)**** – P**

**Compound Interest = P ((1 + ***i***)^n**** ****– 1)**

(Where P = principal, *i* = nominal annual interest rate in percentage terms, and n = number of compounding periods.)

**Compound Interest In Practice**

- Using compound interest could be beneficial for depositors, investors, and lenders. But for borrowers, they would have to pay back more interest.
- For example, an initial principal is $100, 10% compound interest rate annually.
- Year 1: $100 x 0.1 = $10
- Year 2: $110 x 0.1 = $21

- We can also use the formula:
- Year 10: P ((1 + i)^(n – 1))
- $100((1 + 0.1)^(10 – 1)) = $159.3745

- Note: It can only be used when there is no withdrawal/ payments made.

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