Excel Tells You the Future Value of Your Investment

Hey, want to know what your investment will be worth in 5 years? 10 years? Want a sure thing? Excel correctly calculates the future value of any investment! Provided …

  • You make a series of regular investments – even if it is just one “lump sum.”
  • The interest rate that you earn is “constant” – that is a “fixed annual interest rate.”

OK, so now you understand that neither I nor Excel are “touting sure thing” winners in the stock market. No one can do that. But, you can’t beat Excel when it comes to accurate – and easy to use – financial calculations.

In this video lesson, I demonstrate how to use both the =FV() and =PMT() Functions to calculate Future Values. I also show you how to perform “What-If” Analysis using a One-Input Data Table.

Here are the steps to follow in this Excel Video Lesson:

  1. Input values for Interest Rate (RATE), Number of Periods (NPER) and your Investment (PMT). These are the three required arguments for the =FV() Function. Use the Function Argument Dialog Box to ensure that you use the correct syntax for this function.
  2. One of the “optional” arguments is “Type.” If you omit this, Excel defaults to a “0” which means that you will make your investment contribution at the end of each period. A “1” means that the contribution is made at the beginning of each period. Over a number of years, this can make a significant difference in the “Future Value” of your investment.
  3. FV is also an “argument” in the =PMT() Function. If you want to calculate how much you need to contribute each month to reach a Savings Goal, use the =PMT() Function. However, in this case, the FV – while showing as an “Optional Argument” will refer to the cell containing your Savings Goal.
  4. Create a One-Input Data Table to perform “What-if” Analysis – e.g. to substitute a series of different interest rates in your =PMT() – or =FV() Function.

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