Posted by **John** on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 11:58am.

Need help finding a formula for:

Question:

Suppose a bank offers you the following deal:

You pay to the bank an annuity amount of $A per year over the next 10 years and the bank will in turn pay you $40,000 per year starting at the end of year 11 and ending the payments by the end of year 30.

Interest rate=10%/year throughout the 30 year period.

Find the annuity amount of $A you will be willing to pay over the next 10 yrs.

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**economyst**, Monday, September 29, 2008 at 3:22pm
First, and excel spreadsheet is very helpful for solving these kinds of problems.

I believe you need to have a personal discount rate. How much would you pay to receive $40,000 thirty years from now. For this problem, I believe you are to assume the interest rate, r, is your personal discount rate. (While its not stated, I will also assume you pay $A at the end of the year)

So, you the value of the amount you pay at time zero will be:

A/(1.1) + A/(1.1)^2 + A/(1.1)^3 + ... A/(1.1)^10

= A * sum(i) of 1/(1.1)^i as i goes from 1 to 10

= A * 17.53117

The value of the amount you receive at time zero is 40000/(1.1)^11 + 40000/(1.1)^12 + ... 40000/(1.1)^30

= 40000 * sum(j) of 1/(1.1)^j as j goes from 11 to 30

= 40000 * 163.4123

Set these two equal and solve for A.

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**economyst**, Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 9:43am
My bad. I did'nt properly apply my own formula.

17.53 is the sum of (1.1)^i as i goes from 1 to 10. What I really want, as my original formula says, is the sum of (1/(1.1)^i) as i goes from 1 to 10. This turns out to be 6.1446. So the present value of 10 payments of A over 10 years is A*6.1446.

Likewise, my 163.4123 is the sum of (1.1)^i as i goes from 11 to 30. What I really want is the sum of 1/(1.1)^i as i goes from 11 to 30. This new sum is 3.2823.

So, set A*6.1446 = 40000*3.2823.

A = 21367.

This makes much more sense.

Sorry for the confusion.

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