# Homework Help: Financial Mathematics

1. Mar 4, 2005

### Oxymoron

I have this homework question that I need checking. If anyone has some expertise in financial mathematics, could you please have a look at my solution and tell me if/where I have made any mistakes.
Cheers.

Question:
If money is worth 4% effective, what equal payments $$X$$ at the end of 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years, will equitably replace the following obligations:
$1200.00 due in 2 years with interest (from today) at 2% compounded quarterly$2000.00 due in 3 years without interest
$5600.00 due in 6 years with interest (from today) at 4.5% compounded semi-annually. Answer: Use Maple (or equivalent maths package) to solve equations. Choose as focal time, present (k=0). The present value of the debt at time k=0 is $$V = 1200\left(1+\frac{0.02}{4}\right)^{-8} + 2000(1+0) + 5600\left(1+\frac{0.045}{2}\right)^{-12} = 7440.80$$ Therefore the borrower owes$7440.80 today.

Now instead of repaying the loan this way, he wants to make 3 equal payments in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years, at 4% p.a.

So we have to solve
$$X\left(1+0.04\right)^{-1} + X\left(1+0.04\right)^{-3} + X\left(1+0.04\right)^{-5} = 7440.80$$

Since we know the value of the loan at k=0 to be $7440.80, we can find the $$X$$'s this way using the Equation of Value as written above. Therefore $$X = 2784.25$$ In other words, If he pays$2784.25 in 1 year time, $2784.25 in 3 years time, and$2784.25 in 5 years time, at 4% p.a. he would have paid the loan off.