# Compound Interest: 5% compounded quarterly for the first 2 years …

RM10000 is invested for 5 years. The investment offers an interest of 5% compounded quarterly for the first 2 years and 6 months and 8% compounded monthly for the rest of the period. Find

i)The future value of this investment
ii) The total interest earned
iii) The effective rate that is equivalent to 5% compounded monthly

### Comments for Compound Interest: 5% compounded quarterly for the first 2 years …

 Jul 27, 2011 Compound Interest by: Staff ----------------------------------------------- Part II ii) The total interest earned Total interest earned = RM 13820.4 - RM 10000 Total interest earned (over the entire 5 year period) = RM 3820.4 iii) The effective rate that is equivalent to 5% compounded monthly The interest rates provided in the statement of this problem are called Nominal Interest Rates. 5% compounded quarterly and 8% compounded monthly are Nominal Interest Rates. A Nominal Interest Rate is also called the "Stated Rate" or the APR (annual percentage rate). The Effective Interest Rate is the actual interest rate. It is also called the APY (annual percentage yield). The Effective Interest Rate can be calculated as follows: Effective Interest Rate = (1 + i/n)ⁿ - 1 i = the nominal interest rate in decimal form n = number of compounding periods used during 1 year (This is the essentially the same formula we used in part i) to compute the interest earned on the investment of RM10000.) The effective rate that is equivalent to 5% compounded monthly Effective Interest Rate = (1 + i/n)ⁿ - 1 i = .05 n = 12 months Effective Interest Rate = (1 + .05/12)¹² - 1 Effective Interest Rate = (1 + 0.00416667)¹² - 1 Effective Interest Rate = (1.00416667)¹² - 1 Effective Interest Rate = 1.05116 - 1 Effective Interest Rate = .05116 Effective Interest Rate as a % = .05116 * 100 Effective Interest Rate = 5.116 % The final answers are: i)The future value of this investment after 2 ½ years, value = RM 11322.7 after 5 years, value = RM 13820.4 ii) The total interest earned Total interest earned (over the entire 5 year period) = RM 3820.4 iii) The effective rate that is equivalent to 5% compounded monthly Effective Interest Rate = 5.116 % Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com

 Jul 27, 2011 Compound Interest by: Staff Part I The question: RM10000 is invested for 5 years. The investment offers an interest of 5% compounded quarterly for the first 2 years and 6 months and 8% compounded monthly for the rest of the period. Find i)The future value of this investment ii) The total interest earned iii) The effective rate that is equivalent to 5% compounded monthly The answer: i)The future value of this investment 5% compounded quarterly for the first 2 ½ years A = P*(1 + r)^t A = final balance of the investment after the first 2 ½ years P = principle (the initial investment) r = decimal form of quarterly interest rate t = time in quarters P = RM10000 r = 0.0125 (.05 is the decimal form of 5%. It is = 5÷100. r = the quarterly interest rate: .05/4 = 0.0125) t = 10 quarters A (at 2 ½ years) = P*(1 + r)^t A (at 2 ½ years) = 10000*(1 + 0.0125)^10 A (at 2 ½ years) = 10000*(1.0125)^10 A (at 2 ½ years) = 10000*(1.132271) A (at 2 ½ years) = RM 11322.71 8% compounded monthly for 2 ½ years A = P*(1 + r)^t A = final balance of the investment after 5 years P = principle (the final value of the investment after the first 2 ½ years) r = decimal form of monthly interest rate t = time in months P = RM 11322.7 r = 0.00666667 (.08 is the decimal form of 8%. It is = 8÷100. r = the monthly interest rate: .08/12 = 0.00666667) t = 30 months A (at 5 years) = P*(1 + r)^t A (at 5 years) = 11322.7*(1 + 0.00666667)^30 A (at 5 years) = 11322.7*(1.00666667)^30 A (at 5 years) = 11322.7*( 1.22059) A (at 5 years) = RM 13820.4 -----------------------------------------------

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