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3.3 Modelling Reducing Balance Systems with Regular Repayments using Technology

Note: if you cannot remember how to model reducing balance relations with regular repayments, revise notes for 3.1 Modelling Reducing Balance Systems with Regular Repayments.

Benefits of using Technology to Model Reducing Balance Systems

  • Solving reducing balance systems using recursion can become a long and tedious process when the number of compounding periods becomes large. Using technology allows us to find values much quicker in these situations.
  • When solving by hand, we generally round off at each compounding period. While this is accurate for some systems, in others this causes an error which is compounded through the following compounding periods, resulting in inaccurate results.

Guide to Analysing Reducing Balance Equations using Technology (Casio Graphics Calculator)

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3.2 Modelling Reducing Balance Systems with Regular Repayments using Tables

Note: if you cannot remember how to model reducing balance systems with regular repayments, revise notes for 3.1 Modelling Reducing Balance Systems with Regular Repayments.

Guidelines to using a Table for Reducing Balance Systems

  • Tables provide a convenient method for analysing reducing balance systems, especially when there are regular systemic changes (e.g. the interest rate or repayments change regularly).
  • The columns of the table should list, the compounding period, payment, interest charged, principal addition (i.e. the amount the system has increased/decreased during each compounding period) and the balance at the end of the compounding period.
  • The principal addition can be calculated by as follows:
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