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Old 12-05-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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FIRECalc Initial Value

Why would the calculator show a range of initial values? For example, the 750k in the first page default show quite a range of year one values in the standard results.

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Old 12-05-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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It's the result of what would have happened to that $750K portfolio after one year starting in 1871, 1872, 1873, etc. Some years the investment returns are good and you end up with more than $750K at the end of year 1. Some years the investment returns are poor and you end up with less than $750K at the end of year 1.

Each colored line on the result graph represents how you would have done had you retired in a particular year.

Another way to say it is that the $750K is what you start with at year 0.


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Old 12-06-2010, 06:48 AM   #3
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