# Lesson 2: Future Worth of $1

(Assessors’ Handbook 505, Column 1)

This lesson discusses the Future Worth of $1 (*FW*$1); one of six compound interest functions
presented in Assessors’ Handbook Section 505 (AH 505), *Capitalization Formulas and Tables*. This lesson:

- Explains the
*FW*$1 function's meaning and purpose,
- Provides the formula for
*FW*$1 factors,
- Contains practical examples of how to apply the
*FW*$1 factor,
- Explains the Rule of 72, and
- Shows how to calculate the future value of multiple payments.

*FW*$1: Meaning and Purpose

The *FW*$1 is the amount to which $1 will grow at periodic interest rate *i* after *n* periods,
assuming the payment of $1 occurs at the beginning of the first period.

The *FW*$1 is used to compound a single present amount to its future amount. The *FW*$1 factors are in column 1 of AH 505.

The future worth of 1 factor (*FW*$1) is based on the premise that $1 deposited at the beginning
of a period earns interest during the period and becomes part of the principal
at the beginning of the next period. This continues for the number of periods in the problem.

## Formula for Calculating *FW*$1 Factors

The formula for the calculation of the *FW*$1 factors is

*FW*$1 = (1 + *i*)^{n}

Where:

*FW*$1 = Future Worth of $1 Factor
*i* = Periodic Interest Rate, often expressed as an annual percentage rate
*n* = Number of Periods, often expressed in years

All of the other compound interest formulas published in AH 505 are derived from the basic compounding expression in the
*FW*$1 factor, (1 + *i*)^{n}.
As we will see, this mathematical expression is the basic building block of all the other compound interest formulas.

The periodic interest rate, *i*, must match the compounding period, *n* (this holds for all compound interest functions).
For example, if *n* is stated in years, indicating annual compounding, *i* must be stated as an annual rate; if *n* is stated in months,
indicating monthly compounding, *i* must be stated as a monthly rate.

For now, we will assume annual compounding, so our periods, *n*, will be in years and the periodic interest rate, *i*,
will be the annual percentage rate. Later, we will introduce the concept of more than one compounding period per year (monthly, quarterly, etc.).

In order to calculate the annual *FW*$1 factor for 4 years at an annual interest rate of 6%, use the formula below:

*FW*$1 = (1 + *i*)^{n}
*FW*$1 = (1 + 0.06)^{4}
*FW*$1 = (1.06)^{4}
*FW*$1 = 1.262477

Viewed on a timeline:

On the timeline, the initial deposit of $1 is shown as negative because from the point of view of a depositer it would be a cash outflow. The future value is shown as positive because it would be a cash inflow. The depositor gives up money now in order to receive money later.

To locate the *FW*$1 factor in AH 505, go to page 33 of AH 505. Go down 4 years and across to column 1. The *FW*$1 factor is 1.262477.

Link to AH 505, page 33

In most problems, we don’t want the *FW*$1; we want the future worth of some other amount that has been deposited or invested.
To put it another way, we want to use the *FW*$1 factor to solve a TVM problem.
When working problems, we will use the notation shown below.
Don’t worry too much about the notation now. Using it will become easier as we work problems throughout the lessons.

## Practical Applications of *FW*$1

**Example 1:**

You deposit $2,000 today at an annual interest rate of 6%.
How much will you have at the end of 10 years, assuming annual compounding?

**Solution:**

*FV* = *PV* × *FW*$1 (6%, 10 *yrs*, *annual*)
*FV* = $2,000 × 1.790848
*FV* = $3,582

- Find the annual
*FW*$1 factor (annual compounding) for 6% at a term of 10 years.
In AH 505, page 33, go down 10 years and across to column 1 to find the correct factor of 1.790848.
- The future value of $3,582 is equal to the present value of $2,000 multiplied by the factor.

Link to AH 505, page 33

**Example 2:**

The Jones family places $100,000 in an investment that will provide an annual rate of return of 5%.
What will the investment be worth in 2 years?

**Solution:**

*FV* = *PV* × *FW*$1 (5%, 2 *yrs*, *annual*)
*FV* = $100,000 × 1.102500
*FV* = $110,250

- Find the annual
*FW*$1 factor (annual compounding) for 5% at a term of 2 years. In AH 505, page 29,
go down 2 years and across to column 1 to find the correct factor of 1.102500.
- The future value of $110,250 is equal to the present value of $100,000 multiplied by the factor.

Link to AH 505, page 29

**Example 3:**

You have $450,000 to invest and can earn an annual interest rate of 7.50%.
How much will your investment be worth in 10 years?

**Solution:**

*FV* = *PV* × *FW*$1 (7.50%, 10 *yrs*, *annual*)
*FV* = $450,000 × 2.061032
*FV* = $927,464

- Find the annual
*FW*$1 factor (annual compounding) for 7.50% at a term of 10 years.
In AH 505, page 39, go down 10 years and across to column 1 to find the correct factor of 2.061032.
- The future value of $927,464 is equal to the present value of $450,000 multiplied by the factor.

Link to AH 505, page 39

**Example 4:**

A given product costs $500 today. The cost of the product is expected to rise at an annual rate of 10%.
How much will the product cost in 5 years?

**Solution:**

*FV* = *PV* × *FW*$1 (10%, 5 *yrs*, *annual*)
*FV* = $500 × 1.610510
*FV* = $805

- Find the annual
*FW*$1 factor (annual compounding) for 10% at a term of 5 years.
In AH 505, page 49, go down 5 years and across to column 1 to find the correct factor of 1.610510.
- The future value of $805 is equal to the present value of $500 multiplied by the factor.

Link to AH 505, page 49

**Example 5:**

Approximately how long does it take a given amount to grow to 10 times its original amount,
given an annual interest rate of 5% with annual compounding?

**Solution:**

- Use the compound interest tables to estimate the answer by inspecting the tables.
- On the annual page for 5% (AH 505, page 29), inspect the
*FW*$1 column (column 1)
to find a factor that is approximately equal to 10 (*FV* ÷ *PV* = 10 ÷ 1).
- The answer is
*slightly greater* than 47 years (the factor for 47 years is 9.905971).

Link to AH 505, page 29

## “Rule of 72”

The Rule of 72 is a rule of thumb that is closely related to the *FW*$1 factor.
The rule assumes annual compounding.

The Rule of 72 can be used to estimate either of the following:

- The number of years it would take for an amount to double at a given annual interest rate, or
- The annual interest rate, if an amount has doubled in a given number of years.

The formula for the Rule of 72 is:

Or, transposing:

(Note: When using the Rule of 72, the annual interest rates are stated as percentages, not as decimals.)

The smaller the difference between the factors of 72 (i.e., the number of years and the annual interest rate)
the more accurate the estimate. For example, when the factors are 9 and 8, the estimate is more accurate than when the factors are 36 and 2.

## Practical Applications of “Rule of 72”

**Example 1:**

You deposit $1,000 in an account that pays an annual interest rate of 6%.
Approximately how long will it take this deposit to grow to $2,000?

**Solution:**

The estimate may be confirmed using the compound interest tables in AH 505, page 33, column 1.
At 12 years, the *FW*$1 factor is approximately equal to 2, indicating a doubling (the actual factor is 2.012196).

Link to AH 505, page 33

**Example 2:**

Eight years ago you received a small inheritance that you deposited in a savings account.
The amount has now doubled. What compound annual interest rate have you earned over the past 8 years?

**Solution:**

To confirm the estimate, search in AH 505 for the annual rate at which the *FW*$1 factor for 8 years is approximately equal to 2, indicating a doubling.
In AH 505, page 45, column 1, the *FW*$1 factor at 8 years is approximately equal to 2 (the actual factor is 1.992563).

Link to AH 505, page 45

**Example 3:**

You’ve purchased a house that you think will double in value in 10 years.
At what annual compound rate will the property have appreciated?

**Solution:**

At an annual rate of 7.00% the *FW*$1 factor for 10 years is 1.967151 (AH 505, page 37).

Link to AH 505, page 37

At an annual rate of 7.50% the *FW*$1 factor for 10 years is 2.061032 (AH 505, page 39).

Link to AH 505, page 39

Interpolating, the annual rate at which the *FW*$1 factor is 2, is somewhere between 7.00 and 7.50%, approximately 7.2%.

## Multiple Payments and *FW*$1

We have calculated the future value of single amounts or payments, using the *FW*$1 factor.

Many problems involve more than one payment, making it necessary to calculate the future value
of multiple payments–that is, the future value of a stream of payments.
Determining the future value of multiple payments is a straightforward extension of the single-payment situation.

When we calculated the future value of a single amount or payment, we multiplied the payment by the appropriate
*FW*$1 factor. This compounded the payment to its future value.

If there is more than one payment, we must multiply each payment by the appropriate *FW*$1 factor and add up
all of the future values. The sum of the future values is the total future value of the stream of payments.

## Practical Applications of *FW*$1 with Multiple Payments

**Example 1**

You plan to make the following three deposits into a savings account:

- $10,000 at the end of the first year
- $15,000 at the end of the second year
- $20,000 at the end of the third year

At an annual interest rate of 5%, how much will you have in the account at the end of the third year
(i.e., what is the total future value of all three payments)?

**Solution:**

Calculate the future value of each payment as of the end of year 3 using the appropriate *FW*$1 factor
(AH 505, page 29, column 1) and add those future values. This sum is the future value of all three
payments at the end of 3 years.

Thus:

The first payment is compounded forward for two periods (years); the second payment for one period (year);
and the final payment, which itself at the end of year 3, requires no compounding.

Link to AH 505, page 29

Viewed on a Timeline:

On the timeline, the deposits are shown as negative because from the perspective of the depositor they represent cash outflows, and the resulting future values are shown as positive because they represent cash inflows at the end of year 3.