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15 Nov 2011, 15:28
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Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compounded 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 Again can someone please explain the concept behind solving these problems? Unfortunately, I again don't have an answer for this question. OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: louie-takes-out-a-three-month-loan-of-1000-the-lender-101506.html [Reveal] Spoiler: OA _________________ Best Regards, E. MGMAT 1 --> 530 MGMAT 2--> 640 MGMAT 3 ---> 610 GMAT ==> 730 Manager Joined: 29 Oct 2011 Posts: 184 Concentration: General Management, Technology Schools: Sloan '16 (D) GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44 GPA: 3.76 Followers: 10 Kudos [?]: 128 [0], given: 19 Re: Louie takes out a three-month loan of$1000. The lender charges him 10 [#permalink]

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15 Nov 2011, 15:47
(See alternate explanation in the follow up post).

Please verify that you typed the answer choices (or the question) correctly.

Since there's a 10% interested compound every month (meaning you pay interest on the principal amount plus the interest on interest):

After 1st month, amount owed is 1000+10%(1000) = 1100.
After 2nd month, 1100+10%(1100) = 1210
After 3rd month, 1210+10%(1210) = 1331

Since total amount owed is $1331 and it must be done in 3 equal payments, each payment comes to$1331/3 = $443.7 (which is none of the options). Last edited by kostyan5 on 15 Nov 2011, 16:09, edited 1 time in total. Director Status: Finally Done. Admitted in Kellogg for 2015 intake Joined: 25 Jun 2011 Posts: 538 Location: United Kingdom Concentration: International Business, Strategy GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V45 GPA: 2.9 WE: Information Technology (Consulting) Followers: 68 Kudos [?]: 2486 [0], given: 217 Re: Louie takes out a three-month loan of$1000. The lender charges him 10 [#permalink]

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15 Nov 2011, 15:54
Thanks kostyan5. Even I got the same answer as your's. So I think the answer choices are incorrect. Many thanks for the help.
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16 Nov 2011, 03:18
Very absorbing article. Very interesting and well written post. I will come back in the near future.
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16 Nov 2011, 20:54
You're right. Principle for 3rd month should be 1210-2.1x. I made a type, but the rest of the calculations were unaffected.

Keep in mind that you still need to make 3rd payment in month 3. So 1331 - 2.31x-x =0 or 1331-3.31x=0.
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Louie takes out a three-month loan of $1000. The lender charges him 10% interest per month compounded 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 Again can someone please explain the concept behind solving these problems? Unfortunately, I again don't have an answer for this question. 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. OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: louie-takes-out-a-three-month-loan-of-1000-the-lender-101506.html _________________ Re: Louie takes out a three-month loan of$1000. The lender charges him 10   [#permalink] 07 May 2016, 05:20
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