THE RULE OF 72 is an easy way to work out

how long it will take you to double your money

if you deposit it into a bank

and allow compound interest to work over a period of time,

at a particular interest rate.

The Rule of 72 says:

Divide 72 by the interest rate you expect to earn.

And that will tell you the number of years it'll take you to double your money.

For example, say you estimate the average interest rate over the next years to be 3%.

72 divided by 3 is 24.

That means that it will take you 24 years to double your money.

## Wednesday, June 11, 2008

## Tuesday, June 3, 2008

### INTEREST CALCULATION IN A LEAP YEAR

Banks may vary in the number of days they consider a year in their interest calculation. This has an effect on how much interest you get in a particular year, with you more likely to be affected in a leap year such as this year (2008).

Different banks in different countries use different bases for calculation, using one of the following methods:

That means that you may actually earn more (or less) interest depending on which bank you're using (and which country you're banking in).

ILLUSTRATION

Let's use this interest calculation formula to look at how the different bases affect how much interest you get.

FORMULA:

Amount in Deposit Account

MULTIPLIED BY Interest Rate per year

MULTIPLIED BY number of days the amount is placed in the deposit account

DIVIDED BY No of days per year used as basis for calculation (365, 366 or 360 days)

So let's say that we put $100,000 in the bank for 60 days in 2008 (a leap year) at an interest rate of 5% per annum, this is what you will get at different banks:

BANK A

366-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 366

= $819.67

BANK B

365-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 365

= $821.92

BANK C

360-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 360

= $833.33

So, next time you visit your bank, you may want to ask them exactly how they calculate their interest.

Different banks in different countries use different bases for calculation, using one of the following methods:

- 365-day year (even for leap year)
- 365-day year (except for leap year, when 366-day year is used)
- 360-day year

That means that you may actually earn more (or less) interest depending on which bank you're using (and which country you're banking in).

ILLUSTRATION

Let's use this interest calculation formula to look at how the different bases affect how much interest you get.

FORMULA:

Amount in Deposit Account

MULTIPLIED BY Interest Rate per year

MULTIPLIED BY number of days the amount is placed in the deposit account

DIVIDED BY No of days per year used as basis for calculation (365, 366 or 360 days)

So let's say that we put $100,000 in the bank for 60 days in 2008 (a leap year) at an interest rate of 5% per annum, this is what you will get at different banks:

BANK A

366-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 366

= $819.67

BANK B

365-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 365

= $821.92

BANK C

360-DAY YEAR BASIS IN 2008

Interest

= $100,000 x 5% x 60 days / 360

= $833.33

So, next time you visit your bank, you may want to ask them exactly how they calculate their interest.

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