NOMINAL function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the NOMINAL function in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns the nominal annual interest rate, given the effective rate and the number of compounding periods per year.

Syntax

NOMINAL(effect_rate, npery)

The NOMINAL function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Effect_rate    Required. The effective interest rate.
  • Npery    Required. The number of compounding periods per year.

Remarks

  • Npery is truncated to an integer.
  • If either argument is nonnumeric, NOMINAL returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • If effect_rate ≤ 0 or if npery < 1, NOMINAL returns the #NUM! error value.
  • NOMINAL (effect_rate,npery) is related to EFFECT(nominal_rate,npery) through effective_rate=(1+(nominal_rate/npery))*npery -1.
  • The relationship between NOMINAL and EFFECT is shown in the following equation:Equation

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

DataDescription
0.053543Effective interest rate
4Number of compounding periods per year
FormulaDescriptionResult
=NOMINAL(A2,A3)Nominal interest rate with the terms above0.05250032

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