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A client comes to you for investment advice on his $500,000 winnings from the lottery. He has been offered the following options by three different financial institutions and requests assistance to help understand which option would be the best for his investment.

Option 1: 6% compounded interest quarterly for 5 years.
Option 2: 8% compounded interest annually for 5 years.
Option 3: 14.5% simple interest for 10 years.

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    Compound interest
    P is the principal (the initial amount you borrow or deposit)

    r is the annual rate of interest (percentage)

    n is the number of years the amount is deposited or borrowed for.

    A is the amount of money accumulated after n years, including interest.

    When the interest is compounded once a year:

    A = P(1 + r)^n
    Simple Interest

    A = (r/100 * P )n

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