PMT, one of the financial functions, calculates the payment for a loan based on constant payments and a constant interest rate. Use the Excel Formula Coach to figure out a monthly loan payment. At the same time, you'll learn how to use the PMT function in a formula.

## Syntax

PMT(rate, nper, pv, [fv], [type])

Note: For a more complete description of the arguments in PMT, see the PV function.

The PMT function syntax has the following arguments:

• Rate    Required. The interest rate for the loan.

• Nper    Required. The total number of payments for the loan.

• Pv    Required. The present value, or the total amount that a series of future payments is worth now; also known as the principal.

• Fv    Optional. The future value, or a cash balance you want to attain after the last payment is made. If fv is omitted, it is assumed to be 0 (zero), that is, the future value of a loan is 0.

• Type    Optional. The number 0 (zero) or 1 and indicates when payments are due.

Set type equal to

If payments are due

0 or omitted

At the end of the period

1

At the beginning of the period

## Remarks

• The payment returned by PMT includes principal and interest but no taxes, reserve payments, or fees sometimes associated with loans.

• Make sure that you are consistent about the units you use for specifying rate and nper. If you make monthly payments on a four-year loan at an annual interest rate of 12 percent, use 12%/12 for rate and 4*12 for nper. If you make annual payments on the same loan, use 12 percent for rate and 4 for nper.

Tip    To find the total amount paid over the duration of the loan, multiply the returned PMT value by nper.

## 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.

Data

Description

8%

Annual interest rate

10

Number of months of payments

\$10,000

Amount of loan

Formula

Description

Result

=PMT(A2/12,A3,A4)

Monthly payment for a loan with terms specified as arguments in A2:A4.

(\$1,037.03)

=PMT(A2/12,A3,A4,,1)

Monthly payment for a loan with with terms specified as arguments in A2:A4, except payments are due at the beginning of the period.

(\$1,030.16)

Data

Description

6%

Annual interest rate

18

Number of months of payments

\$50,000

Amount of loan

Formula

Description

Live Result

PMT(A9/12,A10*12, 0,A11)

Amount to save each month to have \$50,000 at the end of 18 years.

(\$129.08)