Bunuel wrote:

The amount of an investment will double in approximately 70/ p years, where p is the percent interest, compounded annually. If Thelma invests $ 40,000 in a long-term CD that pays 5 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total value of the investment when Thelma is ready to retire 42 years later?

A. $ 280,000

B. $ 320,000

C. $ 360,000

D. $ 450,000

E. $ 540,000

This question can be done in simple steps.

1) Find the number of years investment will double in

this case. Use the formula, with interest rate, p = 5 percent

Doubling = \(\frac{70}{p}\) years

Doubling = \(\frac{70}{5}\)years = 14 years to double

2) In the longer span of 42 years, how many times will investment double?

\(\frac{TotalYears}{YrsToDouble}\) = # of times the money will double

\(\frac{42}{14}=\) 3 times that the money will double

3) Total at the end?

Money doubles (*2) three times:

\((2)(2)(2) = 2^3\)

\(($40,000 * 2^3) = (40,000*8) = $320,000\)OR, very simply:

$40,000

Start+14 yrs =

$80,000

+14 yrs =

$160,000

+14 yrs =

$320,000

EndAnswer B

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