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Returns the present value (PV) of a series of equal payments made at regular intervals, assuming a fixed interest rate per interval.




payment - payment amount to be made per period. Type a negative number for money you pay and a positive number for money you receive.

interestRate - interest rate per period.

periods - number of periods (intervals between payments).

Data type returned 


Originated in 

FileMaker Pro 6.0 or earlier


Use this function to calculate PV.



When interestRate is 0, this function returns the result of payment * periods.

Example 1 

Your cousin borrowed $2,000 from you, offering to pay you back $500 a year for five years, for a total of $2,500 at the end of five years. If inflation was 5 percent annually, with the following entry you could find out what those payments are worth with the PV function.

PV(500;.05;5) returns 2164.73833531....

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