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Using an Amortization ScheduleWhat is an Amortization Schedule?An Amortization Schedule is a table, which lists all mortgage payments over the loan term, along with the structure of each payment. The payment structure changes over time: the interest portion decreases while the principal portion increases. It also shows the gradual decrease of the loan balance until it reaches zero at the end of the term. In Mortgage Calculator, the Amortization Schedule table has the following columns:
TotalsAt the top of the Amortization Schedule, there are three values: Total payment, Total interest and Effective interest rate:
The effective interest rate is the nominal interest rate (the value specified in mortgage properties on the left) affected by any discount points and by the interest compounding interval. Some banks charge interest more often than once a year – in this case, the effective rate will be higher than nominal. Subtotals for a range of paymentsYou may want to see the totals for a specific period – a month, several months, or several years. To do this, select adjacent rows by holding the Shift + Mouseclick or Shift+Arrow keys. The yellow bar below the selection will show the totals for the selected range of payments. Here is an example: You can also calculate the totals for a number of separate payments. To do this, select nonadjacent rows by pressing Ctrl while Mouseclicking on the required rows:
