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An investment receives 20% annual interest compounded semi-annually for 2 years. If its final value is $29,200, approximately what was the initial investment? A.$17,000
B. $18,000 C.$19,000
D. $20,000 E.$21,000

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05 Nov 2019, 19:50
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Is there a quick way to solve for principal. I know the formula and know the cocept too but could not figure out 29200/2.2^4 = ?
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01 Nov 2019, 07:27
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from given info
29200 = x * ( 1+10/100)^4
solve for x = ~ 20,000
IMO D

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An investment receives 20% annual interest compounded semi-annually for 2 years. If its final value is $29,200, approximately what was the initial investment? A.$17,000
B. $18,000 C.$19,000
D. $20,000 E.$21,000

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05 Nov 2019, 13:24
Le x be the principal

x*$$1.1^4$$=29200
x=$$\frac{29200}{14641} *10000$$
=~ 20000

Hence D
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07 Nov 2019, 06:42
superczan wrote:
Is there a quick way to solve for principal. I know the formula and know the cocept too but could not figure out 29200/2.2^4 = ?

I think the same... I think it's very time consuming.. can somebody please give any tip to solve this fast? Thanks!
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19 Nov 2019, 04:12
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the interest is compounded semi-annually so 10% every 6 months for 4 periods.

1.1x after 6 months (x+10%x)
1.21x after a year (1.10x+10%1.10x)
1.33 x after one year and six months
1.46x after two years

1.46x=29200--->x=29200/1.46=20000

hope it helps.
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27 Nov 2019, 11:55
Bunuel wrote:
An investment receives 20% annual interest compounded semi-annually for 2 years. If its final value is $29,200, approximately what was the initial investment? A.$17,000
B. $18,000 C.$19,000
D. $20,000 E.$21,000

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We use the compound interest formula: A = P(1 + r/n)^nt, where A = the final value, P = the initial value, r = the interest rate (decimal), n = the number of compounding periods per year, and t = the number of years. We can create the equation:

29,200 = P(1 + 0.2/2)^[(2)(2)]

29,200 = P(1.1)^4

29,200 = 1.4641P

19,944 ≈ P

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