The immense power of compounding can change a lot depending on how frequently it happens. While the difference in small amounts and time frames can be negligible, the difference becomes even more glaring over longer periods.

This template can help you in calculating the effective rate of a loan or investment on annualized basis, based on the frequency of compounding (semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, daily or continuous). Even though the nominal rate is the same across different frequency options, the effective rate determines the actual amount you can expect to pay or receive. The template also includes a line chart on the bottom which can help you visualize the difference between your options.

To use the template, all you need to do is to enter the nominal rate into the first cell in the effective rate table. Note that the entire worksheet is locked for ease of use. If you want to make changes in the template, right click the name of the worksheet (EAR) on the menu, and click Unprotect Sheet.

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