## TVM Question

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### TVM Question

Eric Keener's father has promised to give him \$1,000 each year for the next three years. A bank deposit pays 5 percent compounded semi-annually. How much money will Eric have at the end of three years if he invests in the bank? Assume the money (the \$1,000 from his father) will be received at the end of each year.
a. \$3,154.43
b. \$2,859.41
c. \$4,000.00
d. \$2,723.24
e. None of the above is within \$1.00 of the correct answer.

I m trying with two methods-

Method 1- PMT=1000, I/Y=5%/2, N=3*2, CPT FV
Method 2- convert 5% nominal rate to effective rate 5.06% and then PMT=1000, I/Y=5.06%, N=3, CPT FV

There are examples where we used method 1 i.e. divide the interest rate with compounding that is 5%/2=2.5% and multiply the compounding with N that is N=3*2=6. This is giving me incorrect answer
If I use method 2 I am getting correct answer.

I am confused in what scenario we use method1 and in what scenario we can use method 2???

edupristine
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### Re: TVM Question

Hi,

In the first method, it is more of use when you have semi-annual payments and annual interest rates. Here, you need to calculate the effective rate. Solution:-

A, Two steps with the key being to use the effective rate rather than the nominal rate, 1) find the effective rate using 5% nominal with 2 periods per year, 2) then find FV, based on PV=0, I=step 1 answer, N=3, PMT=1000, and compute FV.