Finance / July 19, 2018 / Parker Hardy
Interest is the charge against the use of money by the borrower. The same is profit earned by the lender of money. The amount which is invested in a bank in order to earn interest is called principal. The interest rate is normally expressed in percentage and represents the dollar interest earned per $100 of principal in a specific time, usually a year. Simple interest and compound interest are the two types of interest based on the way they are calculated.
Cumulative interest is sometimes used to determine which loan in a series is most economical. However, cumulative interest alone does not account for other important factors, such as initial loan costs (if a lender pays these costs out of pocket as opposed to rolling them over into the loan's balance) and the time value of money.
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