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Calculating for Your Retirement in Wolfram|Alpha

September 18, 2009 —
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We like to demonstrate ways Wolfram|Alpha can be a helpful tool for everyone. Today we’d like to share a cool feature Wolfram|Alpha users are talking about on the web. The Retirement Savior blog posted an item on Wolfram|Alpha describing how it can be used to calculate your retirement investments.

Wolfram|Alpha’s investment-returns calculator prompts you to describe your current investment strategy. Once you submit your query, Wolfram|Alpha will provide you with a number of results such as a linear chart depicting investment value projection scenarios, pie charts of resource allocation, a bar graph that allows you to easily compare the distribution of ages at which the account balance would reach zero, and a table displaying projections of your portfolio’s value at various ages.

Click the image below to explore the investment-returns calculator for yourself:

Calculating your retirement investments in Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha features a number of tools that come in handy for personal and professional finance. The investment-returns calculator is just one example. To explore further, please visit our money and finance examples.


Unfortunately United Kingdom Government decisions and recessions are not forseeable in this connection1.
.In the UK a £5 Billion tax on the diividends of pension funds was suddenly imposed.
The Bank Rate which affects most returns is unforsseeable. In the UK where it is very hard to borrow one would expect a high rate of interest but the Bank Rate is now Half a percent while credit card interest can be 45%
For years the Government led us to believe that company pension funds were guaranteed then when one went bust we were told they are not guaranteed.
You cannot forsee inflation. The government tried to set it at 2% but has suddenly started printing money at the rate of £200 Billion a year to finance overspending.
A pension of £10 a week would have looked very good in 1950. Now it will buy a few newspapers.

Posted by brian.gilbert September 19, 2009 at 2:22 am


Thanks for the reference!

Posted by Retirement Savior September 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

It is really interesting to see the rise of the investment overtime. It really inspires people that stocks can be somewhat profitable.

Posted by Albert Fang September 20, 2009 at 1:29 am

Fooling around I discoverd this. Its amazing! I am very surprised!
Kind regards,

Posted by Eric Tieskens September 20, 2009 at 10:19 am

Can it also be used to calculate debt/loan ?

Posted by Chongkai September 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Enter Loan or Mortgage. A new screen will then allow you to enter the appropriate data concerning the loan (interest rate, length of loan, etc.) and then do the calculations for you.

    Posted by Bob D. September 21, 2009 at 6:52 am

i will like 2 join in the research program that is coming on. yhanks

Posted by IBEZIM STANLEY September 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

Please give an explanation for the delay in placing the latest video on the blog despite saying it would appear soon.

Posted by Brian Gilbert September 22, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Hello Brian,

    Our team is sprucing up the video a bit so that you can view a high quality recording. We’ll post it online once it is available. Thank you for your patience!

    Posted by The PR Team September 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I was rejected the first time I tried to say thanks because my message was too short. An acknowkedgement is very important in maintaining good communication so perhaps you could modify this page to either accept short messages or add a button to acknowledge receipt of a reply.

Posted by Brian Gilbert September 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

This isn’t exactly related to calculating my retirement… but I was wondering if you folks were going to offer a subscription service soon for more computationally intensive queries?

Posted by Rob September 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

OK, so I’ve fiddled with your calculator and I’ve calculated that I’m going to be broke in my old age!

Posted by Vitamin Supplements April 14, 2010 at 10:45 am

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

Posted by insanity workout May 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Pretty cool tool, automatically detected my currency. Thanks and best wishes to you guys.

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Posted by dentist February 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

what a great little tool this is… It’s really easy to use no I like how it takes into account your retirement age, Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this tool.

Posted by blueant t1 November 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Wolfram|Alpha can really be the most effective tool if used the right way. Return on investment is usually a tricky business and most people mess up when it comes to calculations, but with this program, things are done without any hassle. Happy retirement.

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