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- Compound Interest - CI
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Compound Interest Invest €500 that earns 10% interest each year for 3 years, where each interest payment is reinvested at the same rate: End of interest earned amount at end of period Year 1 50 550 = 500(1.1) Year 2 55 605 = 500(1.1)(1.1) Year 3 60.5 665.5 = 500(1.1)3 The interest earned grows, because the amount of money it is applied to grows with each payment of interest. We earn not only interest, but interest on the interest already paid. This is called compound interest. More generally, we invest the principal, P, at an interest rate r for a number of periods, n, and receive a final sum, S, at the end of the investment horizon. S = P(1 + r ) n

Example: A principal of €25000 is invested at 12% interest compounded annually. After how many years will it have exceeded €250000? 10 P = P (1 + r ) n Compounding can take place several times in a year, e.g. quarterly, monthly, weekly, continuously. This does not mean that the quoted interest rate is paid out that number of times a year! Assume the €500 is invested for 3 years, at 10%, but now we compound quarterly: Quarter interest earned amount at end of quarter 1 12.5 512.5 2 12.8125 525.3125 3 13.1328 538.445 4 13.4611 551.91 Generally: r⎞ ⎛ S = P ⎜1 + ⎟ ⎝ m⎠ nm

where m is the amount of compounding per period n. Example: €10 invested at 12% interest for one year. Future value if compounded: a) annuallyb) semi-annuallyc) quarterly d) monthly e) weekly As the interval of compounding shrinks, i.e. it becomes more frequent, the interest earned grows. However, the increases become smaller as we increase the frequency. As compounding increases to continuous compounding our formula converges to: S = Pe rt Example: A principal of €10000 is invested at one of the following banks: a) at 4.75% interest, compounded annually b) at 4.7% interest, compounded semi-annually c) at 4.65% interest, compounded quarterly d) at 4.6% interest, compounded continuously

=> a) 10000(1.0475) b) 10000(1+0.047/2)2 c) 10000(1+0.0465)4 d) 10000e0.046t

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