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The goal of any investment is to get more cash out than you put in. How much could you potentially make over time? This investment calculator can tell you.
How to use NerdWallet’s investment return calculator:
Enter an initial deposit of any amount, including $0 if you’re not making one.
Next, enter a monthly or annual contribution. You can enter $0 here if you’re investing only a lump sum.
The calculator includes a sample initial deposit, investment time span and rate of return. Plug in different numbers to see how changes to those figures can affect your future balance. Over the past 100 years, the average stock market return was about 10% annually (excluding inflation).