This article illustrates how to find the interest rate in future value annuity with 2 wellexplained examples. We can easily find it out by using Excel’s builtin RATE function. To make important financial decisions, for example, to take a loan to buy a new car, it is important to know the rate of interest that you’ll have to pay to the provider. This article will certainly help you to learn and implement Excel’s builtin functionality to find out the interest rate of an annuity to achieve a future value.
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2 Examples to Find Interest Rate in Future Value Annuity
Problem: We want to find out the interest rate per period of an annuity of a fund of $50,000 to be raised in 20 years. We’ll deposit a fixed amount of $100 at the end of each month throughout the 20 years’ time. Here, we have two cases one with no existing balance and the other with an existing balance of 1,000 dollars.
Problem Analysis: To solve the problem we need to use the RATE function which is Excel’s builtin financial function. The RATE function calculates the interest rate per period of an annuity to pay off a loan or the rate of return needed to reach an amount of investment.
The syntax of the RATE function:
=RATE(nper, pmt, pv, [fv], [type], [guess])
Let’s analyze the data we’ve got in the above problem and compare it with the arguments of the RATE function.
Argument  Required/Optional  Value from the Problem 

npernumber of payment periods in an annuity  Required  240 = 20 years * 12 months 
pmtthe amount of payment made each period and cannot change over the life of the annuity  Required  $100 
pv the present value  Required  Case 1: $0 Case 2: $1,000 
fv– the future value or a cash balance expected after the last payment  Optional  $50,000

typepayment type  Optional  0 or omit– payments are due at the end of the period 1payments are due at the beginning of the period 
guess– guess on the rate of interest  Optional  Default is 10% 
Now we’re going to illustrate two examples to find out the annuity interest rate for the future value for the cases described above.
1. Find Annuity Interest Rate to Achieve Desired Future Value
This example illustrates how to find out the annuity interest rate to achieve the desired future with no existing balance. We configured cell C12 with the RATE function and hit Enter:
The formula in cell C12 is =RATE(C5, C6, C7,C8, C9, C10)
C5 nper : 240 for 20 years (no of payment per year is 12).
C6 pmt : 100 dollars cash paid per month.
C7pv : 0 dollar.
C8 fv : 50,000 dollars.
C9 type : 0 as payments are due at the end of the period.
C10guess :10% as default.
Results:
The formula returned 0.56% as the interest rate per month. To get the annual interest rate (6.66%), we multiplied the output by 12.
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2. Calculate Annuity Interest Rate to Earn Expected Future Value with Existing Balance
In this example, we’ll find out the interest rate per period to earn an expected future value. But this time it has already some existing balance. We configured cell C12 with the RATE function and hit Enter:
The formula in cell C12 is =RATE(C5, C6, C7,C8, C9, C10)
C5 nper : 240 for 20 years (no of payment per year is 12).
C6 pmt : 100 dollars cash paid per month.
C7pv : 1,000 dollars.
C8 fv : 50,000 dollars.
C9 type : 0 as payments are due at the end of the period.
C10guess :10% as default.
Results:
The formula returned 0.56% as the interest rate per month. To get the annual interest rate (6.08%), we multiplied the output by 12. The interest rate will decrease more with the increasing amount of existing balance i.e., the present value.
Read More: How to Calculate Effective Interest Rate in Excel with Formula
Notes
 Annuity: An annuity is defined as a fixed amount of money that is paid at an equal interval of time.
 By default, the result shows as a round number (1%), with no decimal places. We can add decimal places following the steps below:

 Go to the Home Tab.
 Navigate to the Number panel.
 Choose the Increase Decimal
Conclusion
Now, we know how to find out the interest rate in future value annuity in Excel. Hopefully, it would encourage you to use this functionality more confidently. Any questions or suggestions don’t forget to put them in the comment box below
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