Many tax preparation firms offer their clients a refund anticipation loan. (RAL) For a fee, the firm will give a client his refund is filed. The loan is repaid when the Internal Revenue Service sends the refund directly to the firm. Thus, the RAL fee is equivalent to the interest charge for a loan. The schedule in the table below is from a major RAL lender. Use this schedule to find the annual rate of interest for a $4,258 RAL, which is paid back in 32 days.
What is the annual rate for this loan? __% (round to three decimal places
RAL Amount RAL Fee
$0 - $500 $29.00
$501 - $1,000 $39.00
$1,000 to $1,500 $49.00
$2,001 - $5,000 $89.00
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OK, the amount of $4,258 will fall into the $2,001 -- $5,000 range, so the fee will be $89.
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Problem 1: You plan to retire in exactly 25 years. Your goal is to create a fund that will allow you to receive $55,000 at the end of each year for the 30 years between retirement and death (a psychic told you would die exactly 30 years after you retire). You know that you will be able to earn 11% per year during the 30-year retirement period.
a. How large a fund will you need when you retire in 25 years to provide the 30-year, $55,000 retirement annuity?
b. How much will you need today as a single amount to provide the fund calculated in part a if you earn only 9% per year during the 25 years preceding retirement?
c. What effect would an increase in the rate you can earn both during and prior to retirement have on the values found in parts a and b? Explain?
Problem 2: As part of your personal budgeting process, you have determined that in each of the next 5 years you will have budget shortfalls. In other words, you will need the amounts shown in the following table at the end of the given year to balance your budget-that is, to make inflows equal outflows.
You expect to be able to earn 9% on your investments during the next 5 years and wish to fund the budget shortfalls over the next 5 years with a single amount.
1. $ 7,000
2. $ 4,000
3. $ 8,000
4. $ 10,000
5. $ 13,000
a. How large must the single deposit today into an account paying 8% annual interest be to provide for full coverage of the anticipated budget shortfalls?
b. What effect would an increase in your earnings rate have on the amount calculated in part a? Explain?
Problem 3: Nikko Slawsinsik borrowed $25,000 at a 14% annual rate of interest to be repaid over 3 years. The loan is amortized into three equal, annual, end of year payments.
a. Calculate the annual, end-of-year loan payment.
b. Prepare a loan amortization schedule showing the interest and principal breakdown of each of the three loan payments.
c. Explain why the interest portion of each payment declines with the passage of time.
Problem 4: Tim Smith is shopping for a used car. He has found one priced at $6,500. The dealer has told Tim that if he can come up with a down payment of $500, the dealer will finance the balance of the price at a 14% annual rate over 2 years (24 months).
a. Assuming that Tim accepts the dealer's offer, what will his monthly (end-of-month) payment amount be?
b. What would Tim's monthly payment would be if the dealer were willing to finance the balance of the car price at a 9% annual rate.
Problem 5: Parr Systems has an outstanding issue of $1,000-par-value bonds with a 12% coupon interest rate. The issue pays interest annually and has 16 years remaining to its maturity date.
1. If bonds of similar risk are currently earning a 10% rate of return, how much should the Parr Systems bond sell for today?
2. Describe the two possible reasons why similar-risk bonds are currently earning a return below the coupon interest rate on the Parr Systems bond.
3. If the required return were at 12% instead of 10%, what would the current value of Parr Systems' bond be? Contrast this finding with your findings in part a and discuss.
Problem 6: Loud Drums, Inc., is a well-established supplier of fine percussion instruments to orchestras all over the United States. The company's class A common stock has paid a dividend of $5.00 per share per year for the last 15 years. Management expects to continue to pay at that rate for the foreseeable future. Sally Talbot purchased 100 shares of Kelsey class A common 15 years ago at a time when the required rate of return for the stock was 14%. She wants to sell her shares today. The current required rate of return for the stock is 12%. How much capital gain or loss will Sally have on her shares?View Full Posting Details