This short-term investment calculator allows you to figure out how much money you need to set aside today to purchase an asset or pay for an expense in the future. The calculator takes into consideration the following factors: anticipated price increases, years until purchase, the return on the short-term investment, and your marginal income tax rate.
The variables used in our online calculator are defined in detail below, including how to interpret the results.
This is the current selling price, or the market price, of the asset you want to buy in the future. This could be a boat, car, or even an expense such as an upcoming wedding or paying for college.
This is the projected annual increase in the asset, or expense, stated as a percentage increase.
This is the number of years until you make the purchase, or incur the expense.
This calculator assumes that you want to set aside money today to make a purchase in the future. Until that money is used to make a purchase, it can be invested. This cell is the expected return on that investment.
Unless your short-term investment is free of federal income tax, any return on investment (such as interest) will be subject to federal and / or state income taxes. In this cell you would enter your marginal, or incremental, tax rate.
The estimated future cost of the asset or expense is calculated by taking the current cost of the item and increasing it by the projected annual price increase(s).
The total return on investment is found by compounding the projected annual return on investment over the number of years until purchase.
The after tax return on investment is the actual return you'll realize. This value takes the total return on investment, and lowers it by the marginal income tax rate entered earlier.
The short-term investment is how much money you'll need to set aside today in order to have enough money to make the desired purchase at a future point in time.
Short-Term Investment Calculator
Disclaimer: These online calculators are made available and meant to be used as a screening tool for the investor. The accuracy of these calculations is not guaranteed nor is its applicability to your individual circumstances. You should always obtain personal advice from qualified professionals.