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Posted: 2/1/2006 6:06:44 PM EDT
Ok if I have the formula for future value of an annuity:

FVAn = PMT sum (1+i)^(n-t)

I can't do greek characters so forgive the sum sign; t=1 is below the sigma and n above.

How do I solve for n?

FVAn = 42,180.5
PMT = 5000
i = 12% or .12

n is unknown

I want 42,180.53 and the account is 12% annually and I can make payments 5,000 a year, so how many years will it take (n)??
I'm trying to figure this as part of the larger problem which reads:

John has $42,180.53 in a brokerage account, and he plans to contribute an additional $5,000 to the account at the end of every year. The brokerage account account has an expected annual return of 12 percent. If John's goal is to accumulate $250,000, how many years will it take?

I figure if I equate the 42,180.53 in terms of years (compounded of the payments 5,000). Then I can do a reverse ammortization from 250k and 5k payments, find the number of years and then subtract the equivalent years that the 42,180.53 equals.


any ideas, I know I can use a financial calculator but I want to understand the math behind it....
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:11:13 PM EDT
[Garth Algar] Its almost too easy [Garth Algar]
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:28:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By azhammer:
[Garth Algar] Its almost too easy [Garth Algar]

Gee thanks

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Link Posted: 2/2/2006 7:46:59 AM EDT
Bump because the day crew just *has* to be smarter than the night crew....
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 8:28:49 AM EDT
I think you are on the wrong track.

This is not an annuity problem, it is a cash flow/compound interest problem. The annuity formula only helps you when you have equal payments spread out over time.

Starting balance = 42,180.53
Annual contributions = 5,000.00 (contributed at end of year)
Expected return of 12%.

The logic is this: You start with 42,180.53 at "time 0" and the assumption is that this will earn 12% for the first year. So, at end of year 1, you have 42,180.52 * 1.12 = 47242.19. Add 5,000.

Now, balance at begining of Time 1 = 52,242.19. This earns 12%. Balance at end of time 1 is 58,511.25. Add the 5,000.

Balance at begining of Time 2 is 63,411.26, at 12 %, end of year balance is 71,132.61..add the 5,000. New balance is 76,132.61 at end of time 2/beginning of time 3.

Keep iterating the numbers. Answer is ....

Found in the movie Spinal Tap on Nigel's amplifier.

" This one goes to ______"

Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:26:45 PM EDT
They call me ... the thread killer.
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