What Is Compounding?

What is compounding?

Capitalization is the process by which the income from an asset, either capital gains Where interest, are reinvested to generate additional income over time. This growth, calculated using exponential functions, occurs because the investment will generate income both on its initial capital and on the cumulative income of previous periods.

Compounding therefore differs from linear growth, where only the principal earns interest each period.

Key points to remember

  • Compounding is the process by which interest is credited on an existing principal amount as well as interest already paid.
  • Compounding can therefore be interpreted as interest on interest, the effect of which is to amplify interest returns over time, the so-called “miracle of compounding”.
  • When banks or financial institutions credit compound interest, they use a compounding period such as annual, monthly, or daily.
  • Compounding can occur on an investment where savings grow faster or on debt where the amount owed may increase even though payments are being made.
  • Compounding occurs naturally in savings accounts; certain investments that pay dividends may also benefit from compounding.

Compound: my favorite term

Understand composition

Compounding generally refers to the increase in value of an asset due to interest earned on both a principal and accrued interest. This phenomenon, which is a direct realization of the time value of money (TMV) concept, is also known as compound interest.

Capitalization is crucial in finance, and the gains attributable to its effects are the motivation behind many investment strategies. For example, many companies offer dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) that allow investors to reinvest their cash dividends buy additional shares of Stock. Reinvesting in more of these dividend-paying stocks worsens investors’ returns because increasing the number of stocks will consistently increase future income from dividend payments, assuming stable dividends.

Investing in dividend growth stocks in addition to dividend reinvestment adds another layer of compounding to this strategy which some investors call dual compounding. In this case, not only are the dividends reinvested to buy more shares, but these dividend growth stocks also increase their payouts per share.

Compound interest formula

The formula for the future value (FV) of a current asset is based on the concept of compound interest. It takes into account the present value of an asset, the annual interest rate, the frequency of capitalization (or the number of capitalization periods) per year and the total number of years. The general formula for compound interest is:













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This formula assumes that no additional changes other than interest are made to the initial principal balance.

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Curious what the 100% daily composition looks like? One Grain of Rice, Demi’s folk tale, centers around a reward where a single grain of rice is awarded on the first day and the number of grains of rice awarded each day are doubled over 30 days. By the end of the month, over 536 million grains of rice would be awarded on the last day.

Increase in capitalization periods

The effects of compounding become stronger as the frequency of compounding increases. Assume a period of one year. The more compounding periods throughout that year, the greater the future value of the investment, so naturally, two compounding periods per year is better than one, and four compounding periods per year is better only two.

To illustrate this effect, consider the following example given the formula above. Suppose an investment of $1 million returns 20% per year. The resulting future value, based on a variable number of compounding periods, is:

  • Annual composition (n = 1): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/1)] (1×1) = $1,200,000
  • Semester composition (n = 2): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/2)] (2×1) = $1,210,000
  • Quarterly composition (n = 4): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/4)] (4×1) = $1,215,506
  • Monthly composition (n = 12): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/12)] (12×1) = $1,219,391
  • Weekly composition (n = 52): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/52)] (52×1) = $1,220,934
  • Daily composition (n = 365): FV = $1,000,000 × [1 + (20%/365)] (365×1) = $1,221,336

It is obvious that the future value increases by a smaller margin even if the number of compounding periods per year increases significantly. The frequency of compounding over a fixed term has a limited effect on the growth of an investment. This limit, based on calculation, is known as continuous composition and can be calculated using the formula:













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In the example above, the future value with continuous compounding is equal to: FV = $1,000,000 × 2.7183 (0.2×1) = $1,221,403.

Capitalization is an example of the “snowball effect” where a low-level situation turns into a larger and more serious condition.

Capitalization of investments and debt

Compound interest works on both assets and passive. Although compounding increases the value of an asset more quickly, it can also increase the amount owed on a loan because interest accrues on unpaid principal and past interest charges. Even if you repay your loan, compound interest may cause the amount you owe to increase in future periods.

The concept of compounding is particularly problematic for credit card balances. Not only is the interest rate on credit card debt high, but interest charges can be added to the principal balance and result in interest assessments on itself in the future. For this reason, the concept of capitalization is not necessarily “good” or “bad”. Compounding effects can work for or against an investor depending on their specific financial situation.

Example of composition

To illustrate how compounding works, suppose $10,000 is held in an account that earns 5% interest per year. After the first year or compounding period, the account total grew to $10,500, with a mere reflection of $500 interest being added to the $10,000 director. In the second year, the account achieves 5% growth on the initial principal and $500 of interest in the first year, resulting in a gain of $525 in the second year and a balance of 11 $025.

Example of composition
Capitalization period Starting balance Interest Closing balance
1 $10,000.00 $500.00 $10,500.00
2 $10,500.00 $525.00 $11,025.00
3 $11,025.00 $551.25 $11,576.25
4 $11,576.25 $578.81 $12,155.06
5 $12,155.06 $607.75 $12,762.82
6 $12,762.82 $638.14 $13,400.96
seven $13,400.96 $670.05 $14,071.00
8 $14,071.00 $703.55 $14,774.55
9 $14,774.55 $738.73 $15,513.28
ten $15,513.28 $775.66 $16,288.95
$10,000 investment earning 5% compound interest

After 10 years, assuming no withdrawals and a stable interest rate of 5%, the account would grow to $16,288.95. Without having added or removed anything from our main balance except interest, the impact of compounding increased the change in balance from $500 for Period 1 to $775.66 for Period 10.

Moreover, without having added new investments by ourselves, our investment increased by $6,288.95 in 10 years. If the investment had only paid simple interest (5% on the initial investment only), the annual interest would have been only $5,000 ($500 per year for 10 years).

What is the rule of 72?

The Rule of 72 is a heuristic used to estimate how long an investment or savings will double in value if there is compound interest (or compound returns). The rule states that the number of years it will take to double is 72 divided by the interest rate. If the interest rate is 5% with compounding, it would take about 14 years and five months to double.

What is the difference between simple interest and compound interest?

Simple interest earns interest only on the amount of principal invested or deposited. For example, if $1,000 is deposited with 5% simple interest, it will earn $50 each year. Compound interest, however, earns “interest on interest”, so in year one you will receive $50, but in year two you will receive $52.5 ($1,050 × 0.05), and so on .

How can I compose my money?

In addition to compound interest, investors may receive compound returns by reinvest dividends. This means taking the money received from dividend payments to buy additional shares of the company – which, themselves, will pay dividends in the future.

What type of average is best suited for capitalization?

What is the best example of composition?

High yield savings accounts are a great example of compounding. Let’s say you deposit $1,000 into a savings account. In the first year, you will earn a certain amount of interest. If you never spend money in the account and the interest rate remains at least the same as the previous year, the amount of interest you will earn in the second year will be higher. This is because savings accounts add interest earned to the eligible cash balance to earn interest.

The essential

Once called a wonder of the world by Albert Einstein, compound and compound interest plays a very important role in shaping the financial success of investors. If you take advantage of compounding, you will earn more money faster. If you take on compound debt, you’ll be stuck in a growing debt balance longer. By compounding interest, financial balances have the ability to grow exponentially faster than linear interest.

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