One of your most important assets is your ability to earn a paycheck. This calculator is designed to help you understand todayâ€™s value of your future earning. Use this calculator to determine your economic value for your loved onesâ€¦ your Human Life Value.
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Years until retirement
Number of years before retirement.
Current annual income
Your current annual income. If you are married, this should not include any income from your spouse.
Return on investments
This is the annual rate of return you expect from your investments after taxes. The actual rate of return is largely dependant on the type of investments you select. From January 1970 to December 2005, the average compounded rate of return for the S&P 500, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 11.4% per year. During this period, the highest 12-month return was 61%, and the lowest was -39%. Savings accounts at a bank pay as little as 1% or less. It is important to remember that future rates of return canâ€™t be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are subject to higher risk and volatility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment.
Expected annual inflation rate
What you expect for the average long-term inflation rate. A common measure of inflation in the U.S. is the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has a long-term average of 3.1% annually, from 1925 through 2005.
Expected income growth
Annual percent increase you expect in your annual income.
Human life value
This is the total amount you would need invested today, to equal the total earnings of a personâ€™s lifetime. Two values are calculated for you. The first includes only your expected income growth, the second includes your expected income growth plus the impact of inflation.