Q: If you were a financial planner, what are some Excel functions that you might use or need? Please be specific, and explain thoroughly. You may need to use the Internet for answers, so remember to

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A: Some Excel functions that you might use or need if you're a financial planner:
1. [ The PMT Function
Here is the formula in cell A6:
=PMT(A1/12,A2,A3,A4,A5)
If you don't use the "Percentage" format in cell A1 enter 0.05; If you use months as periods the rate must be divided by 12 (A1/12), if you use weeks then you divide by 52 (A1/52), if there are 4 payments per year you will divide the rate

by 4 (A1/4)and if the payment is annual you don't divide the rate argument (A1) ; The formula could also be =PMT(A1/12,A2,A3) the arguments in A4 and A5 being optional; If you want the payment to show as a positive value add a minus sign before the equal sign (=-PMT(A1/12,A2,A3,A4,A5))
2. The RATE Function
Here is the formula in cell A6:
=RATE(A1,-A2,A3,A4,A5)*12
Notes on the formula: The payment argument is negative (-A2); If you use months as periods and you want an annual rate you multiply by 12, if you use a years as periods and you want an annual rate you don't multiply......; If you don't use the "Percentage" format in cell A6 the result of this example will be 0.05; The formula could also be =RATE(A1,-A2,A3)*12 the arguments in A4 and A5 being optional
3. The FV Function (Future value)
Here is the formula in cell A6:
=FV(A1/12,A2,A3,A4,A5)
Notes on the formula: If you don't use the "Percentage" format in cell A1 enter 0.05; If you use months as periods the rate must be divided by 12 (A1/12), if you use weeks then you divide by 52 (A1/52), if there are 4 payments per year you will divide the rate by 4 (A1/4)and if the payment is annual you don't divide the rate argument (A1) ; The formula could also be =FV(A1/12,A2,A3) the arguments in A4 and A5 being optional; If you want the RESULT to show as a positive value add a minus sign before the equal sign (=-FV(A1/12,A2,A3,A4,A5))
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