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A certain amount was deposited at bank A at a rate of \(x\) percent compounded annually and half that amount was deposited at bank B at a rate of \(y\) percent compounded annually. In three years, will the total interest on the deposit in bank A be larger than the total interest on the deposit in bank B?


(1) y = 0.8x

(2) The difference between the amounts initially deposited was $100

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Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. It means that \(y \lt x\). A smaller amount deposited at a smaller rate will grow to a smaller figure than a larger amount deposited at a higher rate.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. We don't know how the interest paid on the deposits compares with the initial difference of $100.


Answer: A
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New post 18 Sep 2014, 23:24
Hi Bunuel,

I have noticed that especially in DS, whenever I am facing a question with regard to SIMPLE INTEREST, AMOUNT, Compounded annually and so on, i get stumped given the limited time frame during a test so I would be grateful if you could suggest me some questions on similar topic that would enable me to understand its most common types and tricky areas.

Placing the values in a given formula is easy. It is getting the synopsis of the qs in a read that would matter.

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Hi Bunuel,

I have noticed that especially in DS, whenever I am facing a question with regard to SIMPLE INTEREST, AMOUNT, Compounded annually and so on, i get stumped given the limited time frame during a test so I would be grateful if you could suggest me some questions on similar topic that would enable me to understand its most common types and tricky areas.

Placing the values in a given formula is easy. It is getting the synopsis of the qs in a read that would matter.

Thanks in advance :)


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New post 24 Nov 2014, 05:39
Just curious...Obviously stmt 2 alone is insufficient because we know nothing about the rates. But if the question stem had given us the relation between the interest rates (maybe y=3x), would stmt 2 have been sufficient? (in cases where Y is greater than X).

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Hi Bunuel,

I am just curious, what shall be the equation of option A. (I agree we don't need an equation over here, but just for understanding, in case we need it, I am curious to know what is actually the calculation)

P (1 + x/100)^3 + P/2 > P/2* (1 + y/100)^3 - P/2
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why can't Y & X be 0% and thus the answer is E? How should I know X/Y > 0%?
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New post 21 Aug 2016, 06:45
x>y only when x and y are greater than 1.

x=0.2 y=0.16 as per statement 1.Therefore,x <y. If the amount is really small this may affect the answer.
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Bunuel wrote:
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Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. It means that \(y \lt x\). A smaller amount deposited at a smaller rate will grow to a smaller figure than a larger amount deposited at a higher rate.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. We don't know how the interest paid on the deposits compares with the initial difference of $100.


Answer: A


Hi - I'm still not understanding why (1) is sufficient because if X=Y=0 then the answer is 'No - A's interest not > than B', but if A>0 then the answer is 'Yes'

Why can't the interest rate be 0% for both accounts and thus the answer is E?
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I have similar doubt as mdacosta. Why cant x be 0?
I understand that amount deposited cant be 0 otherwise 2nd amount wouldn't be half of the first but x can very well be 0.
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New post 29 Apr 2018, 03:15
I'm with mdacosta and geek on this one. Answer should be E) if there is no interest at all.
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New post 17 Jul 2018, 19:29
I second the point of x=y=0 , in that case answer is E
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