# CFA® Program exam: Time Value of Money excel tutorial

*In this step-by-step tutorial, we walk you through calculating the time value of money using values in an Excel spreadsheet.*

Consider the following question: **If you put $100 in the bank today, at an interest rate of 5%, how much would you have after three years?**

To find the answer, it is possible to use an Excel formula to derive the future value of the money, or double-check your answer if you calculated it on a calculator.

**First, label one row as present value, or PV.**

PV - $100

**Second, consider the time, represented by nper, or the number of periods.**

PV - $100

Nper - 3

**Next, consider the interest rate.**

PV - 100

Nper - 3

Rate - 5%

**To find the future value of the money, insert the formula fx = FV(0.05,3,100) in the relevant Excel table to get:**

PV - $100

Nper - 3

Rate - 5%

**FV - $115.76**

**For a step by step explanation, watch the short video below.**

**About the Author**

**Chua I Min,** CFA, is a trainer for AB Maximus’s CFA® Program exam prep course. He is the author of 2 books on share investing and real estate analysis, and founder of the website Invest Coach. He previously worked for PhillipCapital.