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Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender [#permalink]
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Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

Let the monthly payment be \(x\).

After the 1st month there will be \(1,000*1.1-x\) dollars left to repay; After the 2nd month there will be \((1,000*1.1-x)*1.1-x=1,210-2.1x\) dollars left to repay; After the 3rd month there should be 0 dollars left to repay: \((1,210-2.1x)*1.1-x=0\) --> \(1331=3.31x\) --> \(x\approx{402}\)

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

ok, there is an interest formula that i forget but lets do it another way: so basically he is getting 10% interest per month for TWO month since he pays off in 3 months. so 1000*1.1*1.1 = 1210 now divide by 3 = ~403.333 C _________________

Assume he pays off entire amount in 3rd month or interest is accrued for 2 months. Find the amount at end of 3 months and divide by 3 to know monthly EMI _________________

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Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

Let the monthly payment be \(x\).

After the 1st month there will be \(1,000*1.1-x\) dollars left to repay; After the 2nd month there will be \((1,000*1.1-x)*1.1-x=1,210-2.1x\) dollars left to repay; After the 3rd month there should be 0 dollars left to repay: \((1,210-2.1x)*1.1-x=0\) --> \(1331=3.31x\) --> \(x\approx{402}\)

Answer: C.

This is the same method i have used to solve the question, but can you suggest some short cut to solve this ques as i felt this approach in the exam would take lot of time to solve !!

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender [#permalink]
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The interest has to be calculated on a reducing balance. If monthly repayment = x At the end of the 3 month period, 1.1*[1.1*{1.1*(1000)-x}-x]-x = 0 => 3.31x = 1331 => x ~ 402

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

Let the monthly payment be \(x\).

After the 1st month there will be \(1,000*1.1-x\) dollars left to repay; After the 2nd month there will be \((1,000*1.1-x)*1.1-x=1,210-2.1x\) dollars left to repay; After the 3rd month there should be 0 dollars left to repay: \((1,210-2.1x)*1.1-x=0\) --> \(1331=3.31x\) --> \(x\approx{402}\)

Answer: C.

It's so frustrating to get to the 3.31x = 1331 and then get the answer wrong. I did heavy division shortcut but still the answer choices are a bit close. Any suggestion other than long division to better approximate this division?

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

ok, there is an interest formula that i forget but lets do it another way: so basically he is getting 10% interest per month for TWO month since he pays off in 3 months. so 1000*1.1*1.1 = 1210 now divide by 3 = ~403.333 C

I Couldnt get why interest would be paid for 2 months, as per me

1. 1st month at the end monthly interest would be Accrued and monthly installment would be deducted from that amount. 2. For 2nd month start amount would be remaining amt of 1st month and at the end of 2nd month, monthly interest would be Accrued and thereafter again monthly installment would be deducted 3. For the 3rd month start amt would again be the remaning amt of 2nd month and at the end of 3rd month monthly interest would be accrued which should be equal to monthly installment.

So as per this interest was paid thrice ..request you to please clarify !!

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

ok, there is an interest formula that i forget but lets do it another way: so basically he is getting 10% interest per month for TWO month since he pays off in 3 months. so 1000*1.1*1.1 = 1210 now divide by 3 = ~403.333 C

I Couldnt get why interest would be paid for 2 months, as per me

1. 1st month at the end monthly interest would be Accrued and monthly installment would be deducted from that amount. 2. For 2nd month start amount would be remaining amt of 1st month and at the end of 2nd month, monthly interest would be Accrued and thereafter again monthly installment would be deducted 3. For the 3rd month start amt would again be the remaning amt of 2nd month and at the end of 3rd month monthly interest would be accrued which should be equal to monthly installment.

So as per this interest was paid thrice ..request you to please clarify !!

this is because you are paying off in the third and last months. This is assuming the interest rate is calculated at the end of the month. So it is assumed you paid off the balance at the end of third month so 0 balance. Like CC statements - if you didnt pay off your statement by end of month you get charged interest - you dont get charged interest throughout. _________________

Re: Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender [#permalink]
24 Aug 2012, 11:54

Can anyone tell me the source of the question as this question is a simple example of EMI (Equal Monthly installment). As far as the logic is concerned it's ok but i don't think such kind of questions do appear in gmat. _________________

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Re: Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender [#permalink]
20 Apr 2013, 22:28

summer101 wrote:

Why are we assuming he pays from the 3rd month? The question does not specify that, it just says he has to pay in 3 installments.

Why not this way? Total Loan disbursed in 3 months = 1.1 * 1.1* 1.1* 1000 = 1331 Repaid in 3 months, hence per month = 1331/3 = 443

Because he pays each month. He doesn't have to pay interest on the amount that he has already paid.

IE. If he is paying $402 a month, then at the end of the first month his balance will be (1000 * 1.1) - 402 = $698, so going into the second month that 10% interest is only accruing on $698 rather than on the full $1000.

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333

(B) 383

(C) 402

(D) 433

(E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

Let the monthly payment be \(x\).

After the 1st month there will be \(1,000*1.1-x\) dollars left to repay; After the 2nd month there will be \((1,000*1.1-x)*1.1-x=1,210-2.1x\) dollars left to repay; After the 3rd month there should be 0 dollars left to repay: \((1,210-2.1x)*1.1-x=0\) --> \(1331=3.31x\) --> \(x\approx{402}\)

Answer: C.

I get a different answer by using the Compound Interest formula, i.e- P[1 +(r)/100n]^nt

Since this formula uses annualized figures, so: r = 10% per month = 120% per year n = 12 (as interest is compounded monthly) t = 3 months = 3/12 years

Using the formula for compound interest, I get: P + C.I = 1000(1.1)^3 = 1331

Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compunded monthly. The terms of the loan state that Louie must repay the loan in three equal monthly payments. To the nearest dollar, how much does Louie have to pay each month?

(A) 333 (B) 383 (C) 402 (D) 433 (E) 483

Couldn't solve by a systematic approach.

Let the monthly payment be \(x\).

After the 1st month there will be \(1,000*1.1-x\) dollars left to repay; After the 2nd month there will be \((1,000*1.1-x)*1.1-x=1,210-2.1x\) dollars left to repay; After the 3rd month there should be 0 dollars left to repay: \((1,210-2.1x)*1.1-x=0\) --> \(1331=3.31x\) --> \(x\approx{402}\)

Answer: C.

I get a different answer by using the Compound Interest formula, i.e- P[1 +(r)/100n]^nt

Since this formula uses annualized figures, so: r = 10% per month = 120% per year n = 12 (as interest is compounded monthly) t = 3 months = 3/12 years

Using the formula for compound interest, I get: P + C.I = 1000(1.1)^3 = 1331

So, EMI = 1331/3 = 443.66 which is ~ $444

What's wrong with this approach?

Thanks, Ishan

Since he pays after each month, then after the firs month (after the first payment) the interest is calculated on reduced balance.

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