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April 6, 2013

No, 5% per annum compounded annually is exactly 5% per annum compounded annually.

5% per annum compounded monthly is about 5.12% per annum compounded annually.

At most is 5% per annum compounded continuously. That's about 5.127% per annum compounded annually:

e^{5%} - 1 = e^{0.05} - 1 = 1.051271 - 1 = 0.051271 = 5.1271%

5:59 am

November 19, 2022

Norman1 said

No, 5% per annum compounded annually is exactly 5% per annum compounded annually.5% per annum compounded monthly is about 5.12% per annum compounded annually.

At most is 5% per annum compounded continuously. That's about 5.127% per annum compounded annually:

e

^{5%}- 1 = e^{0.05}- 1 = 1.051271 - 1 = 0.051271 = 5.1271%

I don’t think your math is accurate.

When if I use the compound interest online calculator I get 6.2%

8:05 am

April 6, 2013

That's your misinterpretation of the results.

$10,000 becoming $16,288.95 in 10 years is not 6.289% per annum compounded annually.

It is

^{10}√$16,288.95 / $10,000 - 1 = ^{10}√1.628895 - 1

= 1.05000 - 1

= 0.05000

= 5.000% per annum compounded annually

$10,000 invested at 6.2% per annum compounded annually would become

$10,000 x (1 + 6.2%)^{10} = $10,000 x 1.062^{10}

= $10,000 x 1.8249256166

= $18,249.256166

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September 5, 2023

I noticed that at the same FI the Compounded Annual GIC interest rates are the same as Annual (noncompounded) rates.

According to previous discussions (and grade 5 math class) compounded Annual GICs will always produce higher returns than the 'simple' interest rates for (noncompounded) Annual when the rates are the same?

What are some reasons someone would invest in the Annual (nonpcompounded) GICs IF and WHEN the advertised compounded rates are the same for e.g. a 5 year term?

Am I missing something?

7:13 pm

October 27, 2013

1. Some people (seniors) need the ongoing annual interest from each GIC to meet annual cash flow needs and/or to budget more easily.

2. While compound GICs benefit by paying interest on top of accrued interest, this is mostly beneficial in registered accounts where income taxes do not have to be paid on accrued (but not paid) interest annually that would be the case in non-registered accounts.

7:29 pm

September 5, 2023

7:50 pm

April 27, 2017

Another way of looking at it is that by letting interest compound one effectively increases duration.

If you have interest paid annually, it could be reinvested into something else. If its another GIC then return could be higher (or lower) vs letting the interest compound, depending on options available in the future.

8:05 pm

October 21, 2013

The rates for compounded vs simple will always be the same for GICs with annual rate. Simple means the interest comes out of the GIC account, that's all; it's then up to you what to do with it - you may spend it, pay your taxes, or invest it elsewhere at higher or lower rate than previous gic.

Annual payout is often recommended so that nobody has to pay tax on income they can't access.

8:12 pm

September 5, 2023

Thank you for the additional information of duration and interest reinvestment

To provide context, the FI I was referring to is Scotia McLeod

Offering 5% Annual and 5% Annual Compounded GICs, 5 years

(annualized interest rate of 5.45%)

I also see that the Scotiabank GIC page has a 4 year GIC at 5.45%

9:34 pm

April 6, 2013

althisa said

…According to previous discussions (and grade 5 math class) compounded Annual GICs will always produce higher returns than the 'simple' interest rates for (noncompounded) Annual when the rates are the same?

Actually, the rate of return is the same with an annual compounding GIC as with an annual paying-out GIC with the same rate.

One ends up with more money with the annual compounding GIC because one has been adding the annual interest to the GIC's principal each year. It is not because the rate of return is higher.

The discussion above is for an annual compounding GIC versus a **monthly** compounding GIC of the same per-annum rate.

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