# Amortization Schedule

Currently the Amortization Schedule Calculator is the most popular financial calculator on this website. It calculates one of four unknowns or you can provide all the values. You are also in control of the loan and first payment dates. More below.

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Important Note About Dates: This calculator allows irregular length first periods. That is, the calculator calculates the exact amount of interest due even when the initial period is shorter or longer than the other scheduled periods. This will produce interest charges that do not match other calculators . If you want to match other calculators then set the Loan Date and 1st Payment Date so that they equal one full period as set in Payment Frequency . Example: If the Loan Date is May 15th and the Payment Frequency is Monthly , then the 1st Payment Date should be set to June 15th, that is IF you want a conventional interest calculation. See the end of the Help text for some more details.

## Loan Payment Schedule Help

Every loan has four primary attributes or variables. (1) The loan amount, (2) the number of payments, (3) the annual interest rate and (4) the payment amount.

Enter any 3 values and zero (‘0’) for the unknown value. Click the [Calc] button to solve for the unknown and create a schedule.

Note: you can enter a non-zero value for all 4 variables. In that case, your inputs will be used to create the amortization schedule.

The Loan Date is the date the monies are advanced. It is also called the origination date .

The First Payment Date is the date the first payment is due. It may be the same date as the Loan Date but not usually. When they are the same, this is known as Payment-in-Advance . Leases are typically paid-in advance.

Payment Frequency determines how often payments are due. Monthly is the most common in the USA.

Compounding impacts how interest is calculated. In most cases Compounding should equal the Payment Frequency .

Points are charged on some loans by the lender. Points are expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. A 300,000.00 loan with 2 points results in an extra fee due the lender of 6,000.00. Points are common for mortgages in the US only. Normally, you will want to leave this input set to 0.0%.

The Amortization Method should usually be set to Normal . If the loan originates in Canada then you’ll want to set this to the Canadian method. In some special cases loans will have only the interest paid as the regular payment or no interest at all. In that case, you can set the Amortization Method to accommodate those types of loans. The Rule-of-78’s is sometimes used for car loans or other consumer loans.

To print any loan schedule, click on Print Preview and then Print this schedule .

When the first period, the period of time between the loan date and the first payment date is longer than one full period, there will be interest due for the extra days . This is known as odd day interest . The odd day interest, with this schedule, is shown as being paid on the loan date. Example: if the loan date is March 24 and the first payment date is May 1, then there are 8 odd days of interest – March 24th to April 1st.

Conversely, if the time between the loan date and first payment date is less than the payment period set, then the first period is said to be a short initial period and the first payment will be reduced due to less interest being owed.

What is amortization? According to vocabulary.com, amortization means a debt is being paid off by a series of payments . When people search for an amortization calculator, they search for it using many different search phrases. If you are searching for any of these financial calculators, this calculator should meet your needs. If it doesn’t, feel free to tell me what you need in the comment area below and there is a good chance I’ll be able to make a recommendation.

Related: Don’t over pay, don’t under collect. If you need to track payments on the exact date they are paid (or missed) for whatever amount, then use the loan payoff calculator. For a step-by-step example see the payoff calculation tutorial.

This website has dozens of financial calculators that create various amortization schedules, payment schedules, withdrawal schedules and general cash flow schedules. This is a complete list of our free, online calculators. Feel free to surf!

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auto loan calculator have all recently been updated.

• Supports setting dates – just like this calculator
• User controls when and how odd day interest is due
• Do what-if with extra payments
• User can select last month for year end totals