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This calculator uses the Effective Annual Rate (EAR) to accurately compute the interest rate per payment period when your payment frequency differs from the interest compounding frequency.

**Why Use the Effective Annual Rate?**

The EAR accounts for the impact of interest compounding over the year, ensuring that the interest rate per payment period reflects the true cost of borrowing.

**How We Calculate the Interest Rate Per Payment Period:**

**1. Calculate the EAR:** Convert the nominal annual interest rate to the EAR using the formula:

*EAR = (1 + (Nominal Rate / Compounding Periods)) ^{Compounding Periods} – 1*

**2. Determine the Interest Rate Per Period:** Calculate the rate per payment period based on your payment frequency:

*Interest Rate Per Period = (1 + EAR) ^{1 / Payments Per Year} – 1*

**Why Results May Differ from Other Calculators:**

Some calculators may use different methods to compute the interest rate per period, leading to varying results. Our method aligns with standard financial practices to provide accurate calculations.

**Example Calculation:**

Suppose you have a nominal annual interest rate of 5% with monthly compounding. Here’s how the EAR and interest rate per period are calculated:

**Calculate the EAR:**EAR = (1 + (0.05 / 12))^{12}– 1 ≈ 0.05116 or 5.116%**Determine the Interest Rate Per Period (Monthly):**Interest Rate Per Period = (1 + 0.05116)^{1 / 12}– 1 ≈ 0.0042 or 0.42%

**Key Benefits of Using the EAR Method:**

**Accuracy:**Reflects the true cost of borrowing by accounting for compound interest.**Flexibility:**Adjusts interest rates based on different payment frequencies.**Comparability:**Allows for accurate comparison between different loan offers and payment schedules.

**FAQ:**

The nominal interest rate is the stated annual rate without accounting for compounding within the year. The effective annual rate (EAR) includes the effects of intra-year compounding, providing a more accurate representation of the actual interest accrued.

Yes! This calculator allows you to choose between monthly, bi-weekly, and quarterly payment frequencies, adjusting the interest rate per period accordingly to ensure accurate calculations.