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Tut 5 question 2

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asked Sep 1, 2017 in BUS 2016H - Financial Mathematics by anonymous

May someone please explain tut 5 question 2 to me. I don't seem to be arriving at the correct final answer and I'm not sure what I did wrong. I used first principles and derived new formulas in both cases. for a) I'm arriving at a final anser of 1784.676, and for b) I'm getting 1726.39.

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answered Sep 6, 2017 by Georgi (400 points)
selected Sep 14, 2017 by Richard van Gysen
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There is a mistake in the numerical answer for Q5 (a). It should be 1452.259126.
Your equation of value should look like : 
multiplying this by v you get : v+4v^2+...20v^20

(PV-vPV)=1+3v+5v^2+   39v^19-20v^20
The terms on the right can be broken up into an annuity in advance for 20 years plus 2 times an increasing annuity in arrears for 19 years minus 400v^20.

You can then solve for PV at an interest rate of 5% p.a.

For question (b): the rate of payment is continuous over the year. Therefore setting the equation of value up from first principles should give you the same equation as in (a) just multiplied by a continuously payable annuity for 1 year. 
The answer is therefore (1452.259126 x 0.975996872 = 1417.40) the correct numerical answer given in the solutions.