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Subject 2. Calculate the Effective Annual Rate PDF Download
There are three ways to quote interest rates for investments paying interest more than once a year:

  • Periodic interest rate is the rate of interest earned over a single compounding period. For example, a bank may state that a particular CD pays a periodic quarterly interest rate of 3% that compounds 4 times a year.

  • Stated annual interest rate, also called quoted interest rate, is the annual rate of interest that does not account for compounding within the year. It is the annual interest rate quoted by financial institutions and equal to the periodic interest rate multiplied by the number of compounding periods per year. For example, the stated annual interest rate of the above CD is 3% x 4 = 12%. It is strictly a quoting convention, and it does not give a future value directly.

  • Effective annual rate (EAR) is the annual rate of interest that takes full account of compounding within the year. The periodic interest rate is the stated annual interest rate divided by m, where m is the number of compounding periods in one year: EAR = (1 + periodic interest rate)m - 1. Note that the higher the compounding frequency, the higher the EAC.

    For example, a $1 investment earning 8% compounded semi-annually actually earns 8.16%: (1 + 0.08/2)2 - 1 = 8.16. The annual interest rate is 8%, and the effective annual rate is 8.16%.


If the nominal interest rate is 8%, find the effective annual rate with quarterly compounding.

Method 1: By Formula

m = 4, EAR = (1 + 0.08/4)4 - 1 = 0.0824
The effective interest rate with quarterly compounding is 8.24%.

Method 2: Texas Instruments

You will use the Interest Conversion (ICONV) worksheet
1. Press 2nd ICONV to select the worksheet
2. NOM will be displayed with the previous value
3. Press 2nd [CLR WORK] to clear the worksheet

Proceed as shown below:

Keystrokes: Display
2nd ICONV: NOM = previous value
2nd CLRWORK: NOM = 0.00
8 ENTER: NOM = 8.00
DownArrow: EFF = 0.00
DownArrow: C/Y = previous value
4 ENTER: C/Y = 4.00
DownArrow: EFF = 0.00
CPT: EFF = 8.24

Method 3: HP 12C

After you have set the calculator to END of period and cleared the financial registers, key in the nominal interest rate as a percentage.

Proceed as shown below:

Keystrokes: Display
g END: Previous value
f CLEAR FIN: 0.00000000
f CLEAR REG: 0.00000000
8 ENTER: 8.00000000
4n i 0.66666667
100 CHS PV: -100.00000000
FV: 108.2432160
100-: 8.24321600

We can also calculate the periodic interest rate given the effective annual interest rate.

Learning Outcome Statements

c. calculate and interpret the effective annual rate, given the stated annual interest rate and the frequency of compounding;

CFA® Level I Curriculum, 2020, Volume 1, Reading 6

User Contributed Comments 26

User Comment
lazyluc wrong formula? shouldn't it be rather
(1+ periodic interest rate/m)^m ?
fuller the periodic interest rate = stated annual interest rate/m, as stated in the notes. So the formula is correct. i think what you meant was (1 + stated annual interest rate/m)^m
rickless3 the nominal interest rate is the annual interest rate. This rate may be paid out m times during that time, i.e. quarterly is m=4, monthly is m=12, etc. SO the annual percentage yield for a CD where the interest rate of 3.0% is compounded quarterly is calculated by APY = (1 + 0.03/4)^4 - 1 =(approx.) .03033 or 3.033%
10klub Im using the BA II plus and i cant get that answer for anything.
10klub i got it
Rotigga The Correct Way for HP-12C
8 [ENTER] : 8.0000
4 [Divide] i : 2.0000
4 [n] : 4.0000
100 [CHS] [PV] : -100.0000
[FV] : 108.2432
100 [-] : 8.2432
adenisov what is CD from the first point?
lexi Similar to a fixed deposit
Khadria Periodic Interest Rate = 4% compunding quarterly
Stated Annual rate = 4% x 3 = 12%
EAR = [(1+.03)^4]-1 = 12.550881%
Khadria ! ! ! Sorry its 3% in the above example ! ! !
Sana07 I cannot get this calculation to work on the HP 12C Platinum calculator and I have used both the example as well as Rotigga's method but I get 16.99 and this I know is incorrect. Can somebody please tell me what the exact keystrokes on the HP 12C Platinum should be??

Thanks, in advance!
mirfanrana for BA II plus

down arrow key twice 4 ENTER
up arrow key once and press CPT
challenger24 HP 12c platinum
n = 2 FV = ?
i = 4 FV equals 1.0816 - 1
PV = -1 FV = 0.0816 * 100
PMT = 0 FV = 8.16%
Bududeen to sana07 & Challenger24
hp 12c
hope this help
raymondg could somebody please explain for the BAII I cannot get the answer
uhupong raymondg, just look at second method.
peteypete if you have an education, you don't need to use the special functions on the calculator.
cleopatraliao My BAII cant get it either...its weird... i followed the exact procedure as the instruction booklet...
callixtus Find EAR if annual nominal rate of 7% is compounded daily.

HP12C Platinum
7 [ENTER] (nominal rate)
365 [n] [divide] [i] (daily rate)
callixtus EAR = 7.25%
nwarrior With the BAII Plus you need to push enter after entering the values, hope this helps.
Chl4072 What is EAC?
sinmani BAII Plus - If you press 2nd ICONV you will see below;
1. EFF
2. C/Y
3. NOM
You have to provide 2 values i.e. C/Y = 4 and NOM = 8 for 3rd value press cpt and you will get the answer.
dbedford *** very important r/m = discount rate .... you’ll need this for questions in next couple of readings
dbedford And r/m = periodic rate
kseeba17 This calculator is unbearable, such a waste of time. What good reason is there to not be able to see fractions and brackets...
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I am using your study notes and I know of at least 5 other friends of mine who used it and passed the exam last Dec. Keep up your great work!


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