I have a question that seems basic but has given me fits. If I have the following known variables, how do I solve for the growth rate?

Known variables:

  • initial payment
  • outstanding balance
  • number of periods

I need to solve for growth rate of payment where the cumulative value equals the outstanding balance... assume a zero discount rate (i.e. interest free)


If I have a goal to save 20k in cash, and my initial saving per period is 1k, what is the growth rate per period required to reach 20k if I only make 17 deposits?

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, this is a basic finance question and this site is dedicated to professionals/academics in quantitative finance. You can try your luck in forums dedicated to the CFA curriculum, for example. $\endgroup$ – SRKX Jan 23 '15 at 9:37
  • $\begingroup$ The summation for an annuity-due is s = Σ a (1 + r)^k for k = 1 to n which, by induction, has the closed-form s = (a (1 + r) (-1 + (1 + r)^n))/r. Solving for r where 20000 = (1000 (1 + r) (-1 + (1 + r)^17))/r finds r = 0.0177995 $\endgroup$ – Chris Degnen Jan 27 '15 at 9:45

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