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## Planning for Retirement

Decision #1: Which set of Cash Flows is worth more now?

Assume that your grandmother wants to give you generous gift. She wants you to choose which one of the following sets of cash flows you would like to receive:

Option B: Receive a \$1300 gift each year for the next 10 years. The first \$1300 would be
Option C: Receive a one-time gift of \$15,000 10 years from today.

Compute the Present Value of each of these options if you expect the interest rate to be 3% annually for the next 10 years. Which of these options does financial theory suggest you should choose?

Option A would be worth \$__________ today.
Option B would be worth \$__________ today.
Option C would be worth \$__________ today.
Financial theory supports choosing Option _______

Compute the Present Value of each of these options if you expect the interest rate to be6% annually for the next 10 years. Which of these options does financial theory suggest you should choose?

Option A would be worth \$__________ today.
Option B would be worth \$__________ today.
Option C would be worth \$__________ today.
Financial theory supports choosing Option _______

Compute the Present Value of each of these options if you expect to be able to earn 9% annually for the next 10 years. Which of these options does financial theory suggest you should choose?

Option A would be worth \$__________ today.
Option B would be worth \$__________ today.
Option C would be worth \$__________ today.
Financial theory supports choosing Option _______

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Decision #2: Planning for Retirement

Tom and Tricia are 22, newly married, and ready to embark on the journey of life. They both plan to retire 45 years from today. Because their budget seems tight right now, theyhad been thinking that they would wait at least 10 years and then start investing \$2400 per year to prepare for retirement. Tricia just told Tom, though, that she had heard that they would actually have more money the day they retire if they put \$2400per year away for the next 10 years – and then simply let that money sit for the next 35 years without any additional payments–then they would have MORE when they retired than if they waited 10 years to start investing for retirement and then made yearly payments for 35 years (as they originally planned to do). Please help Tom and Tricia make an informed decision:

Assume that all payments are made at the END a year (or month), and that the rate of return on all yearly investments will be 7.5% annually.

(Please do NOT ROUND when entering “Rates” for any of the questions below)

a) How much money will Tom and Tricia have in 45 years if they donothing for the next 10 years, then put \$2400 per year away for the remaining 35 years?

b) How much money will Tom and Tricia have in 10 years if they put \$2400 per year away for the next 10 years?

b2) How much will the amount you just computed grow to if it remains invested for the remaining