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					                                       THE TIME VALUE OF MONEY

        The most important concept in finance is that of the time value of money. As we will see
in the next section on valuation, the value of a project, a bond, a company, or anything in a
financial sense is a function of the future cash flows that will be realized and the time value of
money. The easiest place to start is with future value since everyone has had a bank account
at one time or another.

Future Value

Place $100.00 in a bank earning 10% annually for three years. At the end of the first year, you
will have $110.00 in the bank account.

$100.00 * (1  .1)  $110.00

Of this amount, $100 is the principal that you put in originally, while the other $10 represents
the interest that you earned. Leaving all of the money in the bank for another year yields:

$110.00 * (1.1)  $121.00

The increase in value of $11 over the amount at the end of the first year includes another $10
(or 10%) of the original principal of $100 that you put in the bank. What is the 11th dollar? It is
interest on the interest that you earned in the first year. Leaving the money in the account for a
third year results in the bank account growing to $133.10 by the end of the third year:

$121.00 * (1.1)  $133.10

Recognizing that the $121 is just $110*(1.1) and that $110 is just $100*(1.1), we can simplify
this process by writing it as

$100 .00 * (1.1)3  $133 .10

The term (1.1)3 is referred to as the Future Value Interest Factor, in this case at 10% for 3
years. In general the Future Value Interest Factor can be defined as

FVIF %,n  (1  i) n

and the relationship between Present Value and Future Value is

PV * FVIFi %,n  FV

On your financial calculator, if you input $1 as the present value (PV), 3 as the number of
periods (N) and 10% as the interest rate (I/YR – make sure the calculator is set for 1 payment
per period), when you press the future value button (FV) you will find the factor (-)1.331 (note
that the negative sign appears because the calculator assumes an investment or loan is being
made – alternatively, set the PV as –1 and you’ll get 1.331 when you press the FV button).
Multiplying this by $100 yields a future value of $133.10 (it’s easier to simply put –100 in as the
present value and repeat the above).

On your calculator: (Always be sure to clear the memory banks first!)

PV = 100
  N= 3
I/Y = 10
FV = ????

(Note that the negative sign in front of the 133.1 is looking at how much would have to be paid
back after 3 years at a 10% rate of interest on a loan of 100 today. If you used -100 as the PV,
then the future value would be +133.1 which would be how much you would receive after 3
years on an investment earning 10%.)

Present Value

        Generally, we’re not as much interested in what a certain amount of money today will be
worth in the future as we are interested in knowing what a future amount of money is worth
today. One reason, of course is that we know what a dollar will buy today. Thus, with the
exception of insurance companies (who need to know how much they will have to pay off
policies at a future date) and certain pension funds (who need to have enough money for
retirees in the future), we are generally more interested in Present Values. Present Value is the
amount of money that would have to be placed in a bank today earning k% in order to have the
future amount in n years. Determining the present value is called discounting. Discounting is
just the opposite of compounding, just like addition is the opposite of subtraction and
multiplication is the opposite of division. Rearranging the preceding equation to solve for the
Present Value, we obtain

PV  FV *
              FVIFi ,n


PV  FV * PVIFi ,n
PVIFi ,n 
             FVIFi ,n

What is the present value of $133.10 three years from now if you can earn 10% interest in the
bank? The answer, of course, is $100.00 as we just saw with future value. Mathematically, it
would be determined as
PV  FV *
                FVIF %,3

 FV * PVIF %,3

 $133.10 * .7513
 $100.00

If you input –1 as the FV, 10% as the I/YR and 3 as N and press the PV button, you will see
0.7513 on your calculator. This is just the reciprocal of the FVIF10%,3 of 1.331. Inputting -
$133.10 as the FV and repeating yields a PV of $100.

On your calculator:

FV = 133.1
I/Y = 10
PV = ????


        An annuity is a series of equal payments that occurs every period. Suppose we wanted
to determine the present value of an annuity of $100 per year for three years beginning in one
year. Using the present value interest factors we could calculate the present value of each
$100 and then add all of the present values together:

            0              1               2               3

                           100             100            100

The value of an annuity of $100 per year for three years when discounted at 10% is $248.68 in
today’s dollar terms. Looking at our calculation mathematically, we could factor out the
common element of $100 and simplify the calculation

  100 (.9091) + 100 (.8264) + 100 (.7513)

 = 100 (.9091 + .8264 + .7513)

 = 100 (2.4868)

 = 100 * PVIFA10%,3
As indicated, the sum of the individual present value factors is what we call the Present Value
Interest Factor of an Annuity. On your financial calculator, if you input $1 as the annuity
payment (PMT), 10% for I/YR and 3 for N, pressing the PV button yields a value of –2.4869
(the difference of 0.0001 from summing the first three PVIFs is just a little rounding error).

PMT = 100
 I/Y = 10
 PV = ????

How would you explain to someone what you mean by saying that the present value of an
annuity of $100 per year for three years at 10% is $248.68? What do you mean by present
value? Remember that it is just the amount that you would have to put in the bank today in
order to have those future cash flows. Suppose we put $248.68 in a bank today that pays 10%
               $248.68 Initial deposit
                  24.87 Interest for the first year
               $273.55 Amount at end of first year
               - 100.00 Withdrawal at end of first year
               $ 173.55 Remaining balance at end of first year
                  17.36 Interest for the second year
               $ 190.91 Amount at end of second year
               - 100.00 Withdrawal at end of second year
               $ 90.91 Remaining balance at end of second year
                   9.09 Interest for the third year
               $100.00 Amount at end of third year
               - 100.00 Withdrawal at end of third year
                   -0- Account is empty

         Notice that the value of the three-year annuity of $100 is only $248.68 today. It is NOT
$300 because we would be ignoring the time value of money. Think about the lottery. It is paid
in 25 annual payments with the first one being paid immediately and equal payments in each of
the following 24 years. The winner of a $25 million jackpot would, technically, receive $25
million but it would not be worth that much. In fact, if you were the winner and chose the cash
option for payment, you would only receive about $13 million today. This is equivalent to
discounting the 25 payments of $1 million to a present value using about a 6% rate of interest,
probably about right given the cost of debt to the state when it has to borrow. The same thing
is true with these athletic contracts where $50 million is paid for a five-year contract. The fact
is, the player may receive $5 million per year during the five years in which they are playing,
while the balance is paid out over the following ten years. It only adds up to $50 million if you
ignore the time value of money (I’d still like 10% as the agent).

       Would you rather have $100 at the end of each of the next three years or $100 at the
beginning of each of the next three years? At the beginning, of course. Why? Because you
can start earning interest sooner.
        0                1                2               3

       100              100               100

On your calculator, first set the payment to beginning (BGN above PMT button on BA II Plus
by Texas Instruments):

With BGN showing,
PMT = 100
 I/Y = 10
 PV = ????

Difference in value = 273.55 - 248.68 = 24.87

The difference in value of $24.87 is the present value of the additional interest ($10 per year)
that can be earned. Since we have essentially moved the $100 in year 3 to today, we can earn
an extra $10 per year of interest on that amount. What is the present value of $10 of additional
interest each year for three years?

$10*(2.4868) = $24.87

When an annuity is paid at the beginning of each period, it is referred to as an annuity due.

      Feeling pretty comfortable with annuities? What is the present value of an annuity of
$100 per year beginning in three years?

        0                     1                 2               3                 4                5

                                                               100               100               100

Solution #1

                                                    0'          1'                    2'           3'
         0                    1                     2           3                     4            5

                                                              100                 100              100

                                          $ 248.69
 $ 205.52
On your calculator (make sure you’ve reset the PMT button to END):
      Step 1
              PMT = 100
                 I/Y = 10
                 PV = ?????
      Step 2
                FV = 248.685 (positive value of answer to Step 1)
                  N = 2 (See diagram above)
                I/Y = 10
                PV = ????

Would you rather have $205.52 today or $248.69 in two years? Or $100 at the end of years 3,
4 and 5? The answer is “they are all the same thing”. But don’t call it $300 because you are
ignoring the time value of money and comparing apples with oranges!

Solution #2

        0                    1                 2                3                 4                 5

                                                              100                100               100

                             3.7908 - 1.7355 = 2.0553
 $ 205.53
                             PVIFA5 - PVIFA2

This approach is taking advantage of the fact that we know the annuity factors are just the
summation of the individual present value factors. Thus, by subtracting the 2-year factor from
the 5-year factor we are isolating the years 3 – 5.

Periods shorter than 1 year

        Would you rather have $100 at the end of each of the next three years or $50 every six
months for the next three years? Take the $50 every six months. Why? Because you can
start earning interest sooner.

        0                              1                              2                                 3

                      50             50             50                50               50           50

  $ 253.79
                           PVIFA5%,6 = 5.0757

       Note now, however, that our periods are no longer years but half-years. We therefore
had to convert our interest rate to the same basis. Unless otherwise stated, an interest rate is
virtually always expressed in annual terms. Thus, for half-year periods we need to divide our
10% annual rate of interest in half to match the number of half-year periods in one year.
Similarly, quarterly payments would require we divide the annual interest rate by four while
monthly payments would have us divide the per annum rate by twelve.

PMT = 50
 I/Y = 5
 PV = ????

Compound Interest vs. Simple Interest

               1½% * 12 = 18% APR (simple interest)

      (1.015)12 = 1.196 or 19.6% (compound interest)

Finding Growth Rates and Lengths of Time

How long will it take to double your money if you can earn 8% interest?

        0                                                              ?

     1,000                                                           2,000

Utilizing the financial calculator, input -$1,000 as the PV, 8% as the I/YR and 2,000 as the FV
and calculate the N. You will find that it takes right at 9 years (plus 2 days, 8 hours and 40
minutes) in order to double your money if you’re earning 8% compounded annually.

        Similarly, you can use the calculator to determine interest rates and rates of growth.
The compound average rate of growth that is determined by such an approach is the only
correct method of doing so.

Arithmetic Average vs. Geometric Average

       To illustrate the proper means of determining an average rate of return or average
growth rate, consider putting $1,000 into a mutual fund that had the following year-end values:

               Year 0         1,000
               Year 1         2,000
                                          - 50%
               Year 2         1,000
                                           50%/2 = 25% average per year

       In the first year, we doubled our money, or earned a +100% rate of interest. In the
second year, we lost half of our money, or earned a –50% rate of return. When individual
growth rates are added up and divided by the number of years, we obtain what is called an
arithmetic average. In this example, it implies that we earned, on average, a 25% rate of
return. It is obvious that we did not. In fact, we averaged a zero rate of return since we ended
up with the same amount of money that we started with. This does not occur when Present
Value/Future Value calculations are employed.

               PV * FVIF      = FV

               1,000 * (1 + i)2 = 1,000

                     1 + i = 1.00 or 0%

Similarly, if you use your calculator and input -$1,000 as the PV, $1,000 as the FV and 2 as N,
pressing I/YR will yield a value of 0%. This type of average is referred to as a geometric
average and indicates the true rate of return that was earned. Although other methods of
determining the geometric average exist, the use of Present Value/Future Value calculations
with your financial calculator is, by far, the simplest means of doing so.


        The importance of understanding the time value of money cannot be overemphasized.
As will be seen, the value of any asset in a financial sense, be it a security, real estate,
business, etc., is the present value of all future cash flows.