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HP 12c Platinum Financial Calculator  Compound Interest Calculations
Introduction
Interest rates are usually quoted at the annual rate, also called the nominal rate, which is, the interest rate per year. However, in compound interest problems, the interest rate entered into i must always be expressed in terms of the basic compounding period, which may be years, months, days, or any other time unit.
If the calculator is used to multiply the number of years by the number of compounding periods per year, pressing then stores the result into n. The same is true for i.
If interest is compounded monthly, use a shortcut provided on the calculator to calculate and store n and i:

To calculate and store n, key the number of years into the display, then press .

To calculate and store i, key the annual rate into the display, then press .
note:
These keys not only multiply or divide the displayed number by 12; they also automatically store the result in the corresponding register; there is no need to press the or key next.
Every press of the , , , or keys to clear data, the UNDO status indicator appears (downward arrow) in the display. Press to undo the last operation, that is, recover the data. If the data need not be recovered, with the undo status indicator displayed, either enter new data, or clear the display by pressing .
note:
The Undo function is only available immediately after data has been cleared. When the Undo indicator is turned off, no operation can be undone.
Calculating the number of payments or compounding periods
note:
The following examples are performed in RPN mode. Set the calculator to RPN mode by pressing . Note the 'RPN' indicator in the display.

Press to clear the financial registers.

Enter the periodic interest rate, using or .

Enter at least two of the following values:

Present value, using .

Payment amount, using .

Future value, using .
note:
Remember to observe the cash flow sign convention. Cash flow diagrams are useful tools for determining the signs of cash flows over a given period. 

If a PMT is entered, press or to set the payment mode.

Press to calculate the number of payments or periods.
Example for calculating the number of payments or compounding periods
A $35,000 loan is provided at 10.5% interest to an individual to build a log cabin. If a $325 payment is made at the end of each month, how many payments will be required to pay off the loan, and how many years will this take?
Figure : Calculating the payment
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


0.88

Clears the financial register and calculates and stores i.


35,000.00

Stores PV.


325.00

Stores PMT (with minus sign for cash paid out).


325.00

Sets the payment mode to End.


328.00

Calculates number of payments required.


27.33

Twentyseven years and four months.

Because the calculator rounds the calculated value of n up to the next higher integer, in the preceding example it is likely that — while 328 payments will be required to pay off the loan — only 327 full payments of $325 will be required, the next and final payment being less than $325. The final, fractional, 328^{th} payment can be calculated as follows:
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


328.00

Stores total number of payments.


181.89

Calculates FV — which equals the overpayment if 328 full payments were made.


325.00

Recalls payment amount.


143.11

Final, fractional payment.

Alternatively, the fractional payment can be made together with the 327^{th} payment. The table below displays how to calculate this final, larger, 327^{th} payment.
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


327.00

Stores number of full payments.


141.87

Calculates FV  which is the balance remaining after 327 full payments.


325.00

Recalls payment amount.


466.87

Final, balloon payment.

Calculating the periodic and annual interest rates

Press to clear the financial registers.

Enter the number of payments or periods, using or .

Enter at least two of the following values:

Present value, using .

Payment amount, using .

Future value, using .
note:
Remember to observe the cash flow sign convention. 

If a PMT is entered, press or to set the payment mode.

Press to calculate the periodic interest rate.

To calculate the annual interest rate in RPN mode, key in the number of periods per year, then press . To calculate the annual interest rate in ALG mode, press , key in the number of periods per year, then press .
Example for calculating the periodic and annual interest rates
What annual interest rate must be obtained to accumulate $10,000 in 8 years on an investment of $6,000 with quarterly compounding?
Figure : Calculating the periodic and annual interest rates
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


32.00

Clears the financial register and calculates and stores n.


6,000.00

Stores PV (with minus sign for cash paid out).


10,000.00

Stores FV.


1.61

Periodic (quarterly) interest rate.


6.44

Annual interest rate.

Calculating the present value

Press to clear the financial registers.

Enter the number of payments or periods, using or .

Enter the periodic interest rate, using or .

To calculate the present value, enter either or both of the following:

Payment amount, using .

Future value, using .
note:
Remember to observe the cash flow sign convention. 

If a PMT is entered, press or to set the payment mode.

Press to calculate the present value.
Example for calculating the present value
A new car is purchased with a loan of 5.9% interest compounded monthly over the 4year term of the loan. If the payments of $450 are done at the end of each month and the down payment would be $1,500, calculate the maximum price to be paid for the car? (Assume the purchase date is one month prior to the date of the first payment.)
Figure : Calculating the present value
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


48.00

Clears the financial register and calculates and stores n.


0.49

Calculates and stores i.


450.00

Stores PMT (with minus sign for cash paid out).


450.00

Sets payment mode to End.


19,198.60

Maximum amount of loan.


20,698.60

Maximum purchase price.

Calculating the payment amount

Press to clear the financial registers.

Enter the number of payments or periods, using or .

Enter the periodic interest rate, using or .

Enter either or both of the following:

Present value, using .

Future value, using .
note:
Remember to observe the cash flow sign convention. 

Press or to set the payment mode.

Press to calculate the payment amount.
Example for calculating the payment amount
Calculate the payment amount on a 29year, $243,400 mortgage at 5.25% annual interest.
Figure : Calculating the payment amount
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


348.00

Clears the financial register and calculates and stores n.


0.44

Calculates and stores i.


243,400.00

Stores PV.


243,400.00

Sets payment mode to End.


1,363.29

Monthly payment (with minus sign for cash paid out).

Calculating the future value

Press to clear the financial registers.

Enter the number of payments or periods, using or .

Enter the periodic interest rate, using or .

To calculate the future value, enter either or both of the following:

Present value, using .

Payment amount, using .
note:
Remember to observe the cash flow sign convention. 

If a PMT is entered, press or to set the payment mode.

Press to calculate the future value.
Example for calculating the future value
The payment amount on a 29year, $243,400 mortgage at 5.25% annual interest is $1,363.29. If the seller requests a balloon payment at the end of 5 years, what would be the amount of the balloon?
Figure : Calculating the future value
Keystroke
(RPN Mode)

Display

Description


60.00

Clears the financial register and calculates and stores n.


0.44

Calculates and stores i.


243,400.00

Stores PV.


1,363.29

Stores PMT (with minus sign for cash paid out).


1,363.29

Sets payment mode to End.


222,975.98

Amount of balloon payment.

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