Subroutines for calculating compound interest.
2018 Update: While I still find the below documentation more fun to read that strictly facts documentation, I wanted to disclose I did make money, but no where near my my predictions.
I started a Lending Club account. While waiting on it to open I thought, What if I put in $5000, and assume I will make the minimum 6%? I can leave it alone and just come back after those three year notes done. What will that look like?
use Finance::CompoundInterest; say compound_interest 5000, # My initial payment, or principal .005, # Since it compounds monthly and that 6% really means yearly, it should be .06 / 12 36, # Number of months we expect it to compound. 3; # At year 3 how will this look.
Well that's kinda cruddy. I can't retire to the Bahamas on that. I can't own a luxury yacht with a butler. Oh wait, for that matter I don't actually have $5K lying around. I live paycheck to paycheck like most everyone else I know.
What if I throw $150 a month into it, every month, for the next three years. How is it gonna look then?
say compound_interest_with_payments 150, # $150 every month. .005, # I wish that was .06 monthly 36; # Number of months we expect it to compound.
Woohoo! I already out performed the first one! Using some multiplication and subtraction, I can see that I put in a little more money $5400, but I got way more interest out. $500 in interest. ChaChing!
What is this gonna look like if I can keep it up until I am 75? Lets see I'm 32 now, so I got another 43 years.
say compound_interest_with_payments 150, # $150 every month. .005, # .06 / 12 43 * 12; # Number of months we expect it to compound.
Now that is a chunk of change, and I only put in $1,800 a year.
But wait, I am a programmer. I am totally smarter than all those other guys that use their gut to choose stocks, loans, ponies, etc. I can use
spread sheets databases, to comb through the data and make better choices.
Lending Club says their returns are between 6% and 10%. Lets assume I can hit that 10% mark. How many payment periods will it take me to get to the same dollar amount?
say ciwp_payment_period 363377, # Final amount. .0083, # We gotz skillz. 10% anually. 150; # Monthly payments.
Sweet, so I went from 516(43x12) contributions to 369(30.75x12). Sweet, almost 13 years saved! I knew learning
spread sheets databases would pay off someday.
Hold on, not only am I a programmer, but I am a proper lazy Perl programmer. I don't wanna be working until I am 75, or 63! I wanna go live on that island, programming Perl, and sipping Mojitos sooner rather than later.
How much $$ do I need to put in to get this done in 20 years at age 52? Just over the hill, and out the door.
say ciwp_payment_size 363377, # Final amount. .0083, # Interest. 20 * 12; # Number of months we want it to compound.
About $481 a month? That's a bit rough, but doable. Island life is the life for me!
- I am not a certified financial anything. Use at your own ruination.
These modules were created to scratch my own itch. They do some simple financial calculations related to compound interest, so I can count my imaginary money.
- I am not a certified financial anything. Use at your own financial risk.
- My example calculations do not take into account any of that real world stuff, like taxes, fees, risk, giant spiders, or economic collapse.
- Did I mention that I am not a certified financial person? Double check me and submit patches. :).
- This uses the built in Rat data type. The Perl 6 tutorial said limited precision.
- To return the interest rate, given a final amount, payments, and periods.
- Add a formula where starting amount and periodic payments differ.
- Add a formula where payments more or less frequently added than the interest compounds.
- Add in other types of compound interest formulas.
- Make it more Perl6-ey
James (Jeremy) Carman firstname.lastname@example.org
This README is shamelessly based on other Perl6 modules. So is my module layout, tests, and other not code files. Thank you for figuring this out first so I didn't have to.