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Leona bought a 1year, $10,000 certificate of deposit that paid interest at an annual rate of 8 percent compounded semiannually. What was the total amount of interest paid on this certificate at maturity? (A) $10,464 (B) $ 864 (C) $ 816 (D) $ 800 (E) $ 480
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Originally posted by Walkabout on 07 Dec 2012, 03:29.
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Walkabout wrote: Leona bought a 1year, $10,000 certificate of deposit that paid interest at an annual rate of 8 percent compounded semiannually. What was the total amount of interest paid on this certificate at maturity?
(A) $10,464 (B) $ 864 (C) $ 816 (D) $ 800 (E) $ 480 Approach #1:8 percent compounded semiannually > 4% in 6 moths. For the first 6 moths interest was 4% of $10,000, so $400; For the next 6 moths interest was 4% of $10,000, plus 4% earned on previous interest of $400, so $400+$16=$416; Total interest for 1 year was $400+$416=$816. Answer: C. Approach #2:If the interest were compounded annually instead of semiannually then in a year the interest would be 8% of $10,000, so $800. Now, since the interest is compounded semiannually then there would be interest earned on interest (very small amount) thus the actual interest should be a little bit more than $800, only answer choice C fits. Answer: C. Similar questions to practice: johndeposited10000toopenanewsavingsaccountthat135825.htmlonthefirstoftheyearjamesinvestedxdollarsat128825.htmlmarcusdeposited8000toopenanewsavingsaccountthat128395.htmljoleneenteredan18monthinvestmentcontractthat127308.htmlalexdepositedxdollarsintoanewaccount126459.htmlmichelledepositedacertainsumofmoneyinasavings138273.htmlTheory: mathnumbertheorypercents91708.htmlHope it helps.
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10 Jun 2013, 05:43
The equation for compound interest is: \(P_t = P_0(1+\frac{i}{n})^{nt}\) \(P_t\) is the Principle at time t \(P_0\) is the Principle at time 0 \(i\) is the Interest Rate \(n\) is the Number of compounding periods \(t\) is the Number of years the investment earns interest
Plug in the numbers: \(P_t = 10,000(1+\frac{.08}{2})^{2*1}\)
\(P_t = 10,000(1+\frac{8}{200})^{2}\)
\(P_t = 10,000(\frac{200}{200}+\frac{8}{200})^{2}\)
\(P_t = 10,000(\frac{208}{200})^{2}\)
\(P_t = 10,000(\frac{104}{100})^{2}\)
\(P_t = 10,000(\frac{10,816}{10,000})\)
\(P_t = 10,816\)
\(P_t  P_0= 10,816  10,000 = 816\)
Answer is C
Definitely a more difficult solution, but I know some people really like formulas.




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This problem can be solved using formula. However, the calculation in formula is difficult = 10,000(208/200)^2.
The main motive of GMAT behind Compound interest problem is to consume your time so that you waste your precious time in difficult calculations. We have to avoid that trap and use simple and fast calculations.
By definition Compound interest = S.I. + Interest on Interest
So here C.I. = 4% on 10,000 (6months) + 4% on 10,000(6months) + 4% on interest (last 6 months interest)
= 400 + 400 + 4*400/100 = 400 + 400 + 16 = 816



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The amount increases in two steps : 4% in the first 6 months and again 4% in the second 6 months. Such % change in two steps is knows as successive % change. In case of successive % change, we can use the below formula to calculate the Net % change : \(Net % change =\) \(A + B + \frac{AB}{100}\) If there is % increase , we take the value as positive and for % decrease, we take that as negative. In the final answer, positive number shows % increase and negative number shows % decrease. Using the above formula , we get : net change = \(4 + 4 + \frac{4*4}{100}\) \(= 8 + .16 = 8.16 %\). \(8.16 % of 10,000\) is 816. Hence the answer is 816. This formula is applicable only in case of % change in two steps. In case % change takes place in 3 steps, we have to apply the formula for the first two first and then to the result and the third one.
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Hi All, Interest rate questions are a relatively rare category on Test Day  you'll likely see just one question on the subject and it will involve one or both of the following formulas: Simple Interest = Principal x (1 + RT) Compound Interest = Principal x (1 + R)^T ...where R is the yearly interest rate and T is the number of years. Normally, a question gives you the relevant information to work with, then asks you to perform the calculation. Sometimes there are "twists" though (eg. you're given the end result and have to "work backwards" to find the interest rate or principal) and in rare cases, you'll be asked to deal with a situation in which interest is compounded MORE than once per year. The 'rule' for handling the Compound Interest Formula in this situation is pretty simple though: For the number of times that you compound per year: 1) MULTIPLY T by that number 2) DIVIDE R by that number For example, in this question we have $10,000 at 8% interest compounded SEMIANNUALLY (meaning twice per year) for 1 year. IF...we were just calculating ONCE per year, we'd have......$10,000 x (1 + .08)^1 For TWICE per year (which is what we have here)...............$10,000 x (1 + .04)^2 For FOUR times per year....................................................$10,000 x (1 + .02)^4 For EIGHT times per year...................................................$10,000 x (1 + .01)^8 Etc. As has been pointed out, the correct answer is . It's important to note the specific wording and numbers in these types of questions. It's common for one (or more) of the wrong answers to be the result of a DIFFERENT/INCORRECT calculation, so if you make a silly mistake, then you won't know that you are wrong. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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xmagedo wrote: Lucy bought a 1year,10000 certificate of deposit that paid interest at an annual rate of 8 percent compunded semiannually. What was the total amount of interest paid on this certificate at maturity ? A. 10464 B. 864 C. 816 D. 800 E. 480 Is this formula right ?! I=ap A= p(1+r/100)^n n= number of the year I applied this formula in the question and I keep getting 800, I dont know if it's right ? so pleas someone help me out Compound interest is different from simple interest in only one aspect  CI is earned on interest too. Annual Rate of interest = 8% Semi annual rate of interest = 4% (because interest is compounded semi annually) In the first half of the year, interest earned is 4% of 10000 = $400 In the second half of the year, $400 is earned plus interest is earned on the previous $400 i.e. 4% of 400 = $16 Total interest earned = 400 + 400 + 16 = $816
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For me these problems tend to take more time than necessary because of the more computation that's involved. What I've found to be helpful is an estimation trick that helps you narrow down the choices very quickly and often requires me to do no computation. To Karishma's point, we earn interest on interest when we compound which generally ends up being just over what it would be if it was simple interest. For example the way I would think about it in this problem is...
8% of 10,000= 800. So my answer must be right over 800 which lets me pick C right away without doing any math really. If you're unsure between B & C you can always take the extra step that Karishma did and figure out that if you would earn 800 in the full year at simple interest, than you would earn 400 in the first half of the year and then the extra interest you earn is 4% of 400=16.
Thought I'd throw this approach out there for anyone who hates computing (1.04)^2 as much as i do!



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Walkabout wrote: Leona bought a 1year, $10,000 certificate of deposit that paid interest at an annual rate of 8 percent compounded semiannually. What was the total amount of interest paid on this certificate at maturity?
(A) $10,464 (B) $ 864 (C) $ 816 (D) $ 800 (E) $ 480 We use the compound interest equation: Future Value = (Present Value)(1 + r/n)^nt where r is the annual interest rate, n is the number of compounding periods per year and t is the amount of time (in years) until maturity. So we know: Present Value = 10,000 r = 8% = 0.08 n = 2 t = 1 So we have: FV = 10,000(1+0.08/2)^(2)(1) FV = 10,000(1+0.04)^2 FV = 10,000(1.04)(1.04) FV = 10,000(1.0816) = $10,816 Thus, the amount of interest earned is $10,816 – $10,000 = $816. We could have also looked at this problem a bit more conceptually. We know that when an investment has a rate of 8% ANNUAL interest and it compounds SEMIANNUALLY (twice a year), the investment earns 4% interest every SIX MONTHS. So in this case we know: Interest earned for the first six months = 0.04 x $10,000 = $400 Her investment is now worth ($400 + $10,000) = $10,400 Interest earned for the next six months = 0.04 x $10,400 = $416 Thus, the total interest earned = $400 + $416 = $816 Answer is C
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Walkabout wrote: Leona bought a 1year, $10,000 certificate of deposit that paid interest at an annual rate of 8 percent compounded semiannually. What was the total amount of interest paid on this certificate at maturity?
(A) $10,464 (B) $ 864 (C) $ 816 (D) $ 800 (E) $ 480 Compound interest= P (1+r/100n)^n 10,000 (1+8/200)^2 10,000 * 104/100 *104/100 Units digit will be 6. Only option C has units digit of 6
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