The future value calculations on this page are applied to investments for which interest is compounded in each period of the investment.
However if you are supplied with a stated annual interest rate, and told that the interest is compounded monthly, you will need to convert the annual interest rate to a monthly interest rate and the number of periods into months:
monthly interest rate | = | annual interest rate / 12 |
number of months | = | number of years * 12 |
A similar conversion is required if interest is paid quarterly, semi-annually, etc.
For an example of this, see the section on How To Calculate Future Value When Interest is Compounded Monthly
If you want to calculate the future value of a single investment that earns a fixed interest rate, compounded over a specified number of periods, the formula for this is:
where,
A | B | |
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1 | Present Value: | 10000 |
2 | Annual Interest Rate: | 4% |
3 | Number of Years: | 5 |
4 | Future Value: | =10000*(1+4%)^5 |
For example, if an investment of $10,000 earns an annual interest rate of 4%, the investment's future value after 5 years can be calculated by typing the following formula into any Excel cell:
which gives the result 12166.52902.
I.e. the future value of the investment (rounded to 2 decimal places) is $12,166.53.
As with all Excel formulas, instead of typing the numbers directly into the future value formula, you can use references to cells containing values. Therefore, the future value formula in cell B4 of the above spreadsheet could be entered as:
which returns the same result.
Instead of using the above formula, the future value of a single cash flow can be calculated using the built-in Excel FV function (which is generally used for a series of cash flows).
The syntax of the FV function is:
where,
This can have the value 0 or 1, meaning:
0 - the payment is made at the end of the period (as for an ordinary annuity);
1 - the payment is made at the start of the period (as for an annuity due).
If omitted, the [type] argument is set to the default value 0.
Note that, in line with the general cash flow sign convention, the FV function treats negative values as outflows and treats positive values as inflows.
A | B | |
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1 | Present Value: | 10000 |
2 | Annual Interest Rate: | 4% |
3 | Number of Years: | 5 |
4 | Future Value: | =FV( 4%, 5, 0, 10000 ) |
For example, if an investment of $10,000 earns an annual interest rate of 4%, the investment's future value after 5 years can be calculated by the Excel FV function as follows:
which gives the result -$12,166.53.
Note that in the above FV function:
If the interest on your investment is compounded monthly (while being quoted as an annual interest rate), the annual interest rate needs to be converted into a monthly interest rate and the number of years needs to be converted into months.
I.e.
monthly interest rate | = | annual interest rate / 12 |
number of months | = | number of years * 12 |
A | B | |
---|---|---|
1 | Present Value: | 10000 |
2 | Annual Interest Rate: | 4% |
3 | Number of Years: | 5 |
4 | Future Value: | =FV( 4%/12, 5*12, 0, 10000 ) |
Therefore, if an initial investment of $10,000 has a stated annual interest rate of 4%, (compounded monthly), the future value of the investment can be calculated as follows:
which gives the result -$12,209.97.
(Note that, once again, the value returned from the FV function is negative, representing an outgoing payment).
If you want to calculate the future value of a single investment whose interest rate varies over the lifetime of the investment, the built-in Excel FVSCHEDULE function can be used for this.
The syntax of the FVSCHEDULE function is:
where,
If provided as a range of cells, these may contain numeric values or be empty (empty cells denote a zero interest rate).
A | B | |
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1 | Present Value: | 10000 |
2 | Schedule: | 5% |
3 | 5% | |
4 | 3% | |
5 | 3% | |
6 | 3% | |
7 | Future Value: | =FVSCHEDULE(B1, B2:B6) |
The above spreadsheet on the right shows the FVSCHEDULE function used to calculate the future value of an investment of $10,000 that is invested over 5 years and earns an annual interest rate of 5% for the first two years and 3% for the remaining three years.
In the example spreadsheet, the value of the initial investment of $10,000 is stored in cell B1 and the interest rates over each of the 5 years of the investment are stored in cells B2-B6. As shown in cell B7, the formula to calcuate the future value of the investment is:
which gives the result 12047.31518.
I.e. the future value of the investment (rounded to 2 decimal places) is $12,047.32.
If you want to calculate the future value of an annuity (a series of periodic constant cash flows that earn a fixed interest rate over a specified number of periods), this can be done using the Excel FV function.
The syntax of the FV function is:
where,
This can have the value 0 or 1, meaning:
0 - the payment is made at the end of the period (as for an ordinary annuity);
1 - the payment is made at the start of the period (as for an annuity due).
If omitted, the [type] argument is set to the default value 0.
Note that, in line with the general cash flow sign convention, the FV function treats negative values as outflows and treats positive values as inflows.
A | B | |
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1 | Annual Interest Rate: | 4% |
2 | Number of Years: | 5 |
3 | Annual Payment: | 500 |
4 | Future Value: | =FV( 4%, 5, 500 ) |
For example, to calculate the future value of an ordinary annuity that has an annual interest rate of 4% and returns payments of $500 per year for 5 years, type the following formula into any Excel cell:
which gives the result -$2,708.16.
Note that in the above FV function:
Again, as with all Excel formulas, instead of typing the numbers directly into the future value formula, you can use references to cells containing values. Therefore, the FV function in cell B4 of the above spreadsheet could be entered as:
which returns the same result.