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RATE: Google Sheets Formulae Explained

How do you use RATE in Google Sheets?

To use the RATE function in Google Sheets, you first need to enter the cell references of the cells containing the interest rate and the number of periods. Then, you need to enter the number of payments you want to make. After that, you need to press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. The RATE function will then calculate the monthly payment amount for you.

What is the syntax of RATE in Google Sheets?

The syntax of RATE in Google Sheets is as follows:

=RATE(rate,nper,pmt,pv,type)

Where:

rate is the interest rate per period nper is the number of periods pmt is the payment per period pv is the present value type is 0 for annuity, 1 for loan

For example, to calculate the monthly payment on a loan of $10,000 with a 6% interest rate over 5 years, you would use the following formula:

=RATE(6%,5,-10000,0)

This would return a monthly payment of $83.01.

What is an example of how to use RATE in Google Sheets?

The RATE function in Google Sheets can be used to calculate the interest rate for a given loan or investment. The function requires three input values: the loan amount, the number of payments, and the payment amount. The interest rate can be calculated by using the following formula: RATE(loan amount, number of payments, payment amount).

When should you not use RATE in Google Sheets?

There are a few occasions when you should not use RATE in Google Sheets. One instance is when you are trying to calculate the present value of a series of cash flows. Another is when you are trying to calculate the future value of a series of cash flows.

What are some similar formulae to RATE in Google Sheets?

There are a few similar formulae to RATE in Google Sheets. The first is RATE(num_periods, interest_rate, principle) which calculates the interest rate for a given number of periods and interest rate. Another is PV(rate, nper, pmt, pv) which calculates the present value of a series of payments over time. Finally, there is FV(rate, nper, pmt, pv, type) which calculates the future value of a series of payments over time.

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