The majority of each payment at the beginning of an amortization loan pays for interest. As time goes on, more and more of each payment covers your principal. You are then amortizing the loan.
Viewing Amortization in Action
If you want to see how amortization works, its best to look at an amortization schedule. It will show each payment on one line, and how the payment is applied to the loan. You can also see your remaining balance, and how much total interest youve paid over the life of the loan.
If you want to run some numbers, use our free amortization calculator. You can copy and paste the amortization schedule into Excel or any other spreadsheet program and continue to work with the numbers.
Understanding the Amortization Concept
To get a better grasp of the concept of amortization, take an alternative look at the mathematics behind it. About.coms Math expert has a nice article on how amortization works. Amortization is a financial concept used by investors. If you want to understand how investors evaluate amortization of business assets, read through Depreciation and Amortization on the Income Statement.