Making consistent investments over a number of years can be an effective strategy to accumulate wealth. Even small additions to your investment add up over time. Of course, a program of regular investing does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. This calculator demonstrates how this investment strategy might work for you.

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Definitions

Starting amount
The amount invested at the start of the period.
Years to invest
The number of years you are planning to invest.
Additional contributions
The amount you will invest at the beginning of each period. You can specify monthly, quarterly or annual contributions.
Hypothetical annual rate of return
The expected annual return for your investment. If you plan on withdrawing your money within 10 years, you may want to choose a more conservative rate of return. Since 1926, the average annual total return for the S&P 500, an unmanaged index of large U.S. stocks, has been about 10%. Investments that offer the potential for higher rates of return also come with a higher degree of risk. Hypothetical rates of return are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to portray actual results. Actual rates of return will vary over time. Past results are not predictive of results in future periods.
Compounding frequency
The frequency that earnings from your investments are added to your account. The more frequent the compounding, the sooner accumulated earnings can start generating additional earnings. Earnings from stocks and mutual funds that invest in stocks are often compounded annually. Earnings from bonds, bond funds, savings accounts and CDs are generally compounded more frequently.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional or downloaded and should be read carefully before investing.