The 360-day year was created by the banks, and, surprisingly, it’s actually a good idea.
The first time I came across it, I was baffled, but then I figured it out.
It has to do with Real Estate Finance, and you need to know about this, because you don’t read or hear much about it.
Did you know that Bankers use a different year from the rest of us?
Well, actually we use it too, when we deal with banks, because we don’t have a choice.
But it’s not actually a year.
And it is something that you need to know about in order to avoid surprises.
THE 360-DAY YEAR
The 360-day year is strange, but in an odd way, it’s also necessary.
There are actually 365 days in the year.
Yes, I realize that you already know that.
But did you know that it takes the Earth 365 and 1/4 days to complete its orbit around the sun, not 365 days?
it’s called the Solar Year.
So, because of that, every four years, we have to add one day to our year, making 366 days, in order to synchronize the Calendar Year with the Solar Year.
But, where do we put that extra day?
We stick that extra day at the end of February, giving it 29 days instead of 28, and we call the year “Leap Year.”
Of course, the rest of our months have either 30 days or 31 days.
Can’t remember which ones are which?
Remember the children’s rhyme that they used in school.
“30 days has September, April, June, and November;
All the rest have 31, except February, which has 28;
Except in Leap Year, when it has 29.”
OK, so what does this have to do with Real Estate Finance?
THE 360-DAY BANKER’S YEAR
The 365/366-day year has always caused real problems for the Banking Industry, before computers.
If a loan document said “half a year” or semi-annually, what did it mean?
Well, it depended on where you were in the year at the time, and whether it was a 365-day year or a 366-day year.
The same problems occurs with the term “quarterly.”
So Bankers just ignored all of the facts for their own personal interests, as they ignore many other things for their own personal interests.
The Bankers decided that their year would have 12 months, and that each month would have 30 days, making a total of 360 days in the year.
Quarterly meant every three months, or every 90 days.
Semi-annually meant every six months, or every 180 days.
So, to be fair to the Bankers, it just works better this way in the real world of finance, when all of the months are the same, and all of the years are 360 days.
Even if we have to pretend that it is that way.
So, don’t make the mistake of doing your own calculations on an investment when you are figuring your interest payments, or annual amounts, or anything else, until you find out if the Lender will be using a real year, or using a Banker’s Year.
It could cause you to have to do everything over again.
Don’t let the 360-day year trip you up.
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