This is the dataset for converting effective interest rate to nominal interest rate.

### Example 1 – Use of the NOMINAL Function to Calculate the Nominal Interest Rate in Excel

**Steps:**

- Go to
**C6**and enter the following formula:

`=NOMINAL(C4,C5)`

- Press
**Enter**to get the output.

- Change the format to
**percentage**. - Decrease the decimal places if needed.

### Example 2 – Use of the EFFECT Function to Calculate the Effective Interest Rate in Excel

**Steps:**

- Go to
**C6**and insert the following formula:

`=EFFECT(C4,C5)`

** **

- Hit
**Enter.**

**Read More: **How to Calculate Effective Interest Rate in Excel with Formula

## Differences Between Nominal and Effective Interest

There are different types of interest rates and it is prudent for every investor or potential investor to know the differences between interest rates. The** nominal interest rate** is the simplest of the interest rates. In the case of the nominal interest rate, it is the given interest rate or stated interest rate of a bond or loan. The nominal interest rate is also referred to as the coupon rate for fixed-income investments.

On the other hand, the effective interest rate takes the effect of compounding into account. The difference between the nominal and effective rates widens as the compounding periods increase.

We’ll illustrate this with a simple example.

If a bond pays 8% annually and compounds semiannually, an investor who invests $1,000 will receive $40 in interest payments after the first six months ($1,000 x.04), and $41.60 in interest payments after the next six months ($1,040 x.04). This investor receives $81.60 in total for the year. In this case, the nominal rate is 8%, but the effective rate is 8.16%.

The effective interest rate is generally higher than the nominal interest rate. Because __effective interest rate considers compounding effect.__

## Things to Remember

- If the interest compounds semi-annually, the number of compounding periods per year is 2.
- If the interest compounds quarterly, the number of compounding periods per year is 4.

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