Examples - Determining i or n for Known Cash Flow Values


 If Laurel made a $30,000 investment in a friend’s business and received $50,000 5 years later, determine the rate of return.


Since only single amounts are involved,  i can be determined directly from the P/F factor.

Alternatively, the interest rate can be found by setting up the standard   P/F  relation, solving for the factor value, and interpolating in the tables.

From the interest tables, a P/F  factor of 0.6000 for  n = 5 lies between 10% and 11%. Interpolate between these two values to obtain   i = 10.76%.


Pyramid Energy requires that for each of its offshore wind power generators $5000 per year be placed into a capital reserve fund to cover unexpected major rework on field equipment. In one case, $5000 was deposited for 15 years and covered a rework costing $100,000 in year 15. What rate of return did this practice provide to the company?


The cash flow diagram is shown in  Figure 2–24 . Either the   A/F  or   F/A  factor can be used. Using A/F,

From the A /F interest tables for 15 years, the value 0.0500 lies between 3% and 4%. By interpolation,   i = 3.98%.

Figure 2–24 Diagram to determine the rate
of return


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