At the end of the first quarter, the share price of a certain mutual fund was 20 percent higher than it was at the beginning of the year. At the end of the second quarter, the share price was 50 percent higher than it was at the beginning of the year. What was the percent increase in the share price from the end of the first quarter to the end of the second quarter?

A. 20%

B. 25%

C. 30%

D. 33%

E. 40%

Another method is to use the formula for 2 successive percentage changes:

Total = a + b + ab/100

50 = 20 + b + 20b/100

b = 25

Yet another method is to use the multipliers:

50% increase is 3/2

20% increase is 6/5

3/2 = 6/5*x

x = 5/4

5/4 is a 25% increase.

Answer (B)

Use whatever works best for you.

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[b]Karishma

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