Excel PV Function
This post will guide you how to use Excel PV function with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.
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Description
The Excel PV function returns the present value of a loan or investment based on constant payments and a constant interest rate. So you can use the PV function to get the present value based on a series of future payments.
The PV function is a buildin function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Financial Function.
The PV function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2011 for Mac.
Syntax
The syntax of the PV function is as below:
= PV(rate,nper,pmt,[fv],[type])
Where the PV function arguments are:
 Rate This is a required argument. The interest rate per period.
 nPer This is a required argument. The total number of payments periods in an annuity.
 Pmt – This is a required argument. The amount of the payment made each period.
 Fv – This is an optional argument. The future value or a cash balance you want to attain after the last payment is made. If fv is omitted, it is assumed to be 0 (zero), that is, the future value of a loan is 0.
 Type – This is an optional argument. The number 0 (zero) or 1 and indicates when payments are due.
Set type equal to  If payments are due 
0 or omitted  At the end of the period 
1  At the beginning of the period 
Note:
 Make sure that you are consistent about the units you use for specifying rate and nper. If you make monthly payments on a fouryear loan at an annual interest rate of 12 percent, use 12%/12 for rate and 4*12 for nper. If you make annual payments on the same loan, use 12 percent for rate and 4 for nper.
Excel PV Function Examples
The below examples will show you how to use Excel PV Function to calculate the present value of an investment.
#1 to get the present value of an annuity with the terms in A2:A4, using the following formula:
=PV(B1,B2,B3,B4)
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