Discussion: Time Value of Money
Time value of money is a very powerful concept, especially when considering the difference between present value and future value. For example, one of the wisest investment decisions is to invest money in a way that compounds its value over time. Compound interest is paid on both the principal amount (i.e., the amount of money you put in) and also on any interest you previously earned (i.e., the “interest on interest”). When your interest earns interest, the phrase “your money makes money for you” becomes true. Financial managers not only need to understand these concepts, but must also be able to communicate them clearly to help leadership teams to make better, more informed decisions.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Consider the following scenario: You are a financial manager, and you want to help your client understand the idea that the money they invest will make more money for them in the future. How can you show your client the benefit of investing their money?
- Review this week’s Learning Resources.
- Review the Academic Writing Expectations for 2000/3000-Level Courses, provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 3
Post a 150- to 225-word (2- to 3-paragraph) explanation of time value of money related to your client’s investments. To support your explanation, do the following:
- Describe the concepts of present value, future value, and annuities to demonstrate to your client the benefits of investing.
- As part of your response, perform the following calculation: Take $10,000 of (fictitious) purchased stock, choose an interest rate, and calculate the amount of money that your client would have after 60 years if the interest is compounded annually. What would the $10,000 yield in the future?
- To support your response, be sure to reference at least one properly cited scholarly source.
By Day 5
Respond with at least 75 words (1 paragraph) each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings by including an additional perspective on how they might persuade their client on the benefits of investing.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.