Finance[effectiverate]  convert a stated rate to the effective rate

Calling Sequence


effectiverate(stated_rate, nperiods)


Parameters


stated_rate



interest rate, expressed as a decimal number

nperiods



number of times the rate is compounded in the period





Description


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Continuous compounding is indicated by specifying infinity as the number of compounding periods.

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Since effectiverate used to be part of the (now deprecated) finance package, for compatibility with older worksheets, this command can also be called using finance[effectiverate]. However, it is recommended that you use the superseding package name, Finance, instead: Finance[effectiverate].



Compatibility


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The Finance[effectiverate] command was introduced in Maple 15.



Examples


A given loan is at 12% compounded monthly. The effective rate is then 1% monthly compounded 12 times. One can calculate it as follows:
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 (1) 
or about 12.7%. This can also be seen as:
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 (2) 
Compounded continuously, the effective rate is:
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 (3) 


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