Ask Ash Cash: What are Compound Interest and APR?

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Dear Ash Cash: What are Compound Interest, Interest and APR? -Dee (Brooklyn, NY)

Peace, Dee. Thanks for the questions. Interest, Compound Interest, and APR and all important terms to know as it relates to savings and loans.

Interest has three different meanings, but we’ll concentrate on two. First, it’s the fee charged by a lender to a borrower to use their money. It’s usually expressed as an annual percentage of the amount borrowed, or the principal, as it is called in banking. The rate depends on many variables, but in most cases, the better your credit score, the lower the rate. The second definition is the return earned on an investment. If you invest your money and get any type of return that return is called interest, which is also expressed as an annual percentage.

Compound Interest in simple terms is earning interest on your interest. Compound interest is not only calculated on the initial principal, but also the accumulated interest of prior periods. It’s different from simple interest, because simple interest is calculated only as a percentage of your total principal.

APR, which stands for Annual Percentage Rate, is simply your interest rate expressed in Annual terms or “How much does it cost you to have your loan per year?”