Accrued Interest

Motley Fool  May 15  Comment 
These are two different ways investments can earn interest over time.
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Calculating the interest accrued can give you an idea of your next interest charge, as well as how much of your payment will go towards the principal.
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Two weird accounting processes, demystified!
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Knowing how to calculate the monthly interest that accrues on your accounts can be useful for tax planning, budgeting, and a variety of other reasons.


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Accrued interest

From an investors view, accrued interest is the money paid for the use of money, [1] that has accumulated, and has not been paid yet. [1]

The clean price of a bond is without accrued interest, the dirty price is with. The total cost includes commissions, accrued interest, and taxes, in addition to the principal amount of the securities traded. [2] When you buy bonds between interest payment dates and pay accrued interest to the seller, this interest is taxable to the seller. The accrued interest that you paid should be subtracted from your taxable interest. [3]

Accrue 15c from "growth, increase, what has grown to increase. [2] Interest 15c originally meant to compensate for loss, later compensation due from a defaulting debtor. Financial sense of money paid for the use of money lent 1520s. Interest rate by 1959. [3]


  1. Wall Street words: an A to Z guide to investment terms for today's investor by David Logan Scott ISBN-10: 0618176519 pg4
  2. Wall Street Words: An A to Z Guide to Investment Terms for Today's Investor by David L. Scott. Copyright © 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN-10: 0618176519 pg106,64,383
  3. J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2010: For Preparing Your 2009 Tax Return by J. K. Lasser ISBN-10: 0470447117 pg82
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